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Remembering pro football’s most bizarre All-Star game

As the NFL concludes a four-day Pro Bowl Games event that has looked more like a “Battle of the Network Stars” than a football game, we are reminded of an unusual postseason event from decades ago: the American Football League’s “All-Star Bowl” following the 1965 season.

Like its rival — the National Football League — the AFL had been holding an annual postseason All-Star game since its formation in 1960, pitting a team of star players from its Eastern and Western divisions against each other in an exhibition game that took place after the league championship game.