Pro Football: Battle of the Bucks

PRO FOOTBALL

A favorite yarn at the National Football League's plush Manhattan head quarters concerns a plaintive telegram that Commissioner Pete Rozelle received from a coach in the rival American Football League. POPE JOHN WAS A GREAT MAN, read the wire, HE RECOGNIZED THE OTHER LEAGUE. Rozelle's reply: TRUE, BUT IT TOOK 2,000 YEARS

Last week, for a change, the five-year-old A.F.L. was getting plenty of recognition and precious few snickers. Maybe its teams were still no match for the titans of the N.F.L. — although those were fightin' words in Buffalo and San Diego. But there was one contest in which the...

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