On This Day In Alabama History: Patriots, Namath’s Jets Announced For Legion Field

| April 25, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

The Boston Patriots and New York Jets announced they would play a regular-season American Football League game at Legion Field in Birmingham on Sept. 22, 1968. The Patriots won 47-31. The Patriots moved their home opener due a conflict with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The move to Birmingham was suggested by AFL President Milt Woodard as a test for the city’s interest in professional football. Birmingham was viewed as a potential relocation for the Patriots if a new stadium failed to be constructed in Massachusetts. The Jets featured former University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath.

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