BUFFALO ALL-AMERICANS, original NFL team, 1920. Quality cotton shirt. Free Shipping!

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Individual team front in burnt orange, league pigskin emblem back.

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Pro Football in Buffalo: 

Legacy of bittersweet excellence long before the Bills. 

Seven decades before Marv Levy's great teams of the 1990s, the seeds were sown for dynasty of the runner-up.

The Buffalo All-Americans were second-best each of the first two years (1920 & 1921) of the nascent NFL -- known then as the American Professional Football Association.

YEAR ONE, 1920: A gridiron grind from the start, Buffalo took on the undefeated Akron Pros in what amounted to a title game.

But it came at a distinct disadvantage, home field notwithstanding. The day before, the All-Americans played down in New York City,  a 7-3 triumph over Jim Thorpe's reigning powerhouse Canton Bulldogs, avenging Buffalo's only defeat that season.

The very next day, Buffalo hosted Akron, resulting in a 0-0 stalemate. (The scoreless tie was commonplace in the era before the passing attack or overtime of any sort.) 

Akron escaped the season unblemished at 6-0-3, becoming de facto champion of the inaugural season. Buffalo finished 4-1-1.

►Note: The season records reflect games against American Professional Football Association opponents. The APFA's 14 teams scheduled their own games, in what amounted to a disjointed hodgepodge. Uniformity began to take shape the following season, when Joseph Carr became the first professional commissioner.

YEAR TWO, 1921, produced another potent Buffalo team, going 8-1-2. The single loss was dealt by the Chicago Staleys, 10-7. Bitter pill again, as the All-Americans had defeated the Staleys just weeks prior, 7-6, also played in Chicago.

George Halas and his Staleys earned a 9-1-1 record and claimed the championship. (The novel idea of a formal title game would not arrive for another dozen years.) 

Right out of the gate, Buffalo was a repeat runner-up, at the doorstep of dominance. Pro football in Buffalo chartered more than championship lament.

Click on team ballcaps and other team shirts for the historical tidbits that win beer bets and dazzle womenfolk. 

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