The Tennessee Titans will help open the NFL’s preseason schedule this week, when they face the Buffalo Bills in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio tomorrow. Kickoff at Fawcett Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, August 9. The game will air in Nashville on Channel 4 WSMV.
The Hall of Fame Game appropriately brings together two of the original teams of the American Football League, both currently owned by the same visionaries who helped set in motion one of the most significant eras in football history. It was in 1960 that K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.’s then-Houston Oilers and Ralph Wilson, Jr.’s Bills became two of the eight teams that began play in the newly-formed AFL, making 2009 the 50th year in the clubs’ histories. Adams and Wilson are the surviving members of the original group of owners, dubbed the “Foolish Club” for their choice to accept the seemingly-impossible task of competing with the National Football League. Ten seasons later, the burgeoning league’s success was more than apparent, as the AFL and NFL completed a historic merger. The day before the Titans and Bills meet, Wilson will be enshrined as a member of the 2009 Hall of Fame class.
As part of the AFL’s 50th-year celebration, several teams will be featured in “Legacy Games” and don special throwback uniforms in 2009. Sunday’s game is the first of the occasions, as the Titans will appear in jerseys modeled after the 1960 club that captured the first of two consecutive AFL titles. The Bills’ uniforms date back to 1965, when they won their second AFL championship.