Fleur di Lis at 40 Episode #2

The AFL All Star Game of 1965 Gets Ugly

Now moving on the the second audio clip from Fleur di Lis at 40.

In an effort to bring professional football to New Orleans both the NFL and AFL scheduled exhibition games to be played at the old Tulane Stadium. The AFL even went as far as scheduling the 1965 All Star game to be played there.

Unfortunately the black players from other parts of the country were not ready for the still racially divided deep south. After being refused services at local businesses they refused to play. When other white players joined the boycott it looked as if the city of New Orleans just wasn’t ready for something like professional football. The game was moved to Houston.

In this clip Chargers defensive end Earl Faison talks about going out in the French Quarter and Ron Mix describes joining the boycott.

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