Titans throw back to original Oilers

Vince Young sports the helmet of the original Houston Oilers of 1960. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

(Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game marks the first of 16 “AFL Legacy Games” that will be played during the 2009 season in commemoration of the 50th anniversary celebration of the inaugural season of the American Football League.

The Tennessee Titans prepared for their matchup with the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio, by breaking out helmets worn by the original Houston Oilers in 1960 (the Oilers moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, and then became the Titans in 1999).

The 1960 Houston Oilers were champions of the American Football League in its first season, and featured Hall of Famer George Blanda (Photos) at quarterback. The Oilers repeated as AFL champions in 1961. The Buffalo Bills found success during the AFL’s decade of play before the AFL-NFL merger, winning championships in 1964 and 1965. The Bills and Oilers were the only two-time champions of the AFL.

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