The 1965 Season
American Football League

ALL-STAR GAME

 

 

AFL All-Stars 30

Buffalo Bills 19

 

January 15, 1966
Rice Stadium, Houston

The 1965 Season AFL All-Star Game saw the introduction of a new format. Instead of the old East-West All-Stars match-up, the champions of the League, the Buffalo Bills, met a team of all-stars selected from the other AFL teams. The game was a story with two chapters: the first half and the second half. It was a game that would foreshadow the future of the AFL in the form of one person, Joe Namath. The game was witnessed by 35,572 fans at Houstonís Rice Stadium. The coaches were Sid Gillman for the West and Joe Collier of Buffalo.
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In the first half, the Bills stormed to a 13-0 lead behind the leadership of quarterback Jack Kemp. In the first quarter, Pete Gogolak kicked a field goal of 11 yards. Later in the quarter, George Saimes returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown. The All-Stars finally got on the board in the second quarter when Gino Cappelletti of Boston kicked a 46 yard field goal. Gogolak added his second field goal from 20 yards out and Cappelletti answered with his second from 14. The score was 13-6 at the half.
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At the half, Joe Namath of the New York Jets, AFL rookie of the year, replaced San Diegoís John Hadl as All-Star quarterback. He promptly led the Stars on four straight scoring drives. On the first drive, Cappelletti kicked his third field goal of the afternoon from 32

yards to pull the Stars to within four at 13-9. Namath then led the Stars on a drive that culminated in a one yard touchdown run by Paul Lowe of the Chargers. Later in the third quarter, Namath hit San Diegoís Lance Alworth with a 46 yard touchdown pass. Namath had led the Stars back and it was 23-13 after three quarters. In the final period, Namath hit Alworth again for a touchdown, this time from 10 yards out. Alworth, who wasnít supposed to play in the game because of a rib injury, was knocked unconscious on the play. He was carried from the field to a standing ovation. Coach Collier replaced Jack Kemp in the fourth quarter and Daryle Lamonica guided the Bills 75 yards in 11 plays as Wray Carlton caught a 34 yard touchdown pass. The final score was Stars 30, Bills19.

 

San Diego's Paul Lowe carries against the Bills.

 

Jack Kemp leaps to pass as he is stalked by Earl Faison of San Diego.

 
AFL All-Star Squads (to be added)
1965 West Squad East Squad
 

SUMMARIES OF EACH AFL ALL-STAR GAME

        The American Football League did not play an All-Star game after its first season in 1960, but did stage All-Star games for the 1961 through 1969 seasons.  All-Star teams from the Eastern and Western divisions played each other after every season except 1965.  That season, the league champion Buffalo Bills played against a team made up of all-stars from the other teams.
        Because the games were played at the end of the season, they occurred in the next calendar year.  Thus, the 1961 AFL All-Star game (with players selected as all-stars for the 1961 season) was played on January 7, 1962; the 1962 game was played in January 1963, etc.
         The links below will take you to summaries of each game, originally created by Mark Bolding. 
 Most of the content of this and the other AFL All-Star Games was retrieved from the 'Internet Archive Wayback Machine' at archive.org/web/web.php, which claims copyright for the work. 
         *Other than the final score and the image of the game program, his summary of the 1964 season all-star game incorrectly gave the report of the previous year's game. 
         Bolding's original site classified the games by the calendar year they were played in.  Since they were played at the end of AFL seasons and the All-Stars involved were so chosen for their play in those seasons, I classify them by the AFL season which they represented.  Thus the AFL All-Star Game that featured stars of the 1961 season was played in January 1962, etc.

1961 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 7, 1962 'Wayback' link
1962 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 13, 1963 'Wayback' link
1963 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 19, 1964 'Wayback' link
1964 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 16, 1965 *'Wayback' link
1965 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 15, 1966 'Wayback' link
1966 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 21, 1967 'Wayback' link
1967 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 21, 1968 'Wayback' link
1968 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 19, 1969 'Wayback' link
1969 Season AFL All-Star Game: January 17, 1970 'Wayback' link
         Perhaps the greatest highlight of AFL All-Star Game history came not on the field of play, but in the actions of black players, supported by their white teammates and owners, when the best players in the AFL boycotted the City of New Orleans because of the disrespect black players were given when they arrived there for the scheduled 1964 season AFL All-Star Game, scheduled for January 1965.
          The game was moved to Houston in a seminal action in the early civil rights movement in America.  It is still recognized as such, as recently as a March, 2007 article by Evan Weiner on MSNBC.  Another description of the incident is at my AFL Clippings page.
 
 

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