http://www.tbo.com/sports/bucs/MGBY8IZI6OE.html Nice article about the merger...to any football fan 40ish and older who remembers the war between the established NFL and the upstart young league of innovation, it WAS a big deal!!! I know it had been rumored for a bit of time and it made so much sense. The chance to see this upstart league take ON the big time NFL... It was a big deal and so so important!! And while the common draft and Super Bowl were the first things done, it wasn't until Namath and company won in SB 3 that many took the AFL seriously. I remember clearly the buildup before the Cheifs took on the Packers...how embarrassing!!! Were the leagues that much different?? How incredible how in 2 years..the tides had changed.