Photograph Karl R. Josker
The Rockpile may have brought back the Buffalo Bills but the renegade AFC did not catch on as quickly as hoped. The Bills drew just 111,860 for an average of 15,980 per game in their inaugural season in 1960. Soon however the Bills would catch the attention of this city by playing great football and winning the AFL Championship back to back in 1964 and 1965. Attendance more than doubled as 257,324 came to the stadium for an average of 36,761 in 1964 followed by an even better 306,675 (43,811 per game avg) in 1965. Only the NY Titans/Jets did better at
Shea Stadium. They would again win their division in the AFL East in 1966 giving them 4 playoff appearances in a row. Joining the Buffalo Bills in the AFL were the East Division were the Boston Patriots, the Houston Oilers, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Titans who were soon renamed the NY Jets (who played at the Polo Grounds and then Shea Stadium following the New York Mets around for awhile. The Dallas Texans, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders rounded out the new teams in the AFL. It soon became obvious to the NFL that they had made a huge mistake by following along with the "Good ole' Boys Club" and not letting Buffalo in as one of their main franchises.