Showtime and the NFL are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of the maverick American Football League, from its tumultuous beginnings to its unlikely merger with the rival NFL, through a five-part documentary, “Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.
The documenary, produced by NFL Films, will air every Wednesday night until Oct. 8.
“The AFL is one of the great American success stories, and it is a story with a lot of colorful characters,” said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “In this project we celebrate the AFL while also debunking myths about why the league succeeded.”
Weaving through the social, cultural and political events of the turbulent 1960s, “Full Color Football” examines the daring vision of league-founder Lamar Hunt and his dream to challenge the NFL.
Through rare interviews from some of the biggest names in the AFL, including Joe Namath, Al Davis and John Madden, long lost game highlights and never-before-seen footage, “Full Color Football” tells the inside story of the outsiders who forever changed the game.