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During its ten-year existence (1960–1969), the
American Football League The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport A team sport includes any ...
's best player for each year was called the "Most Valuable Player" by some sports-news sources and the "Player of the Year" by others. The awards by the major services are shown below.


1960

Abner Haynes Abner Haynes (born September 19, 1937) is an American former professional American football, football player who was a running back in the American Football League (AFL). Early years and integration of major college football in Texas Born in Den ...
, running back, Dallas Texans (
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
)


1961

George Blanda George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two tea ...
, quarterback,
Houston Oilers Houston ( ) is the List of cities in Texas by population, most populous city in Texas, List of United States cities by population, fourth-most populous city in the United States, most populous city in the Southern United States, as well as th ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
, TSN)


1962

Cookie Gilchrist Carlton Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist (May 25, 1935 – January 10, 2011) was an American football player who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). Career A star player at Highlands High Sc ...
, fullback,
Buffalo Bills ''Italic text'' The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
)
Len Dawson Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on ...

Len Dawson
, quarterback, Dallas Texans ( TSN)


1963

Lance Alworth Lance Dwight Alworth (born August 3, 1940) is an American former professional football Football is a family of team sport A team is a roup (disambiguation), group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their g ...
, flanker, San Diego Chargers (
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
) Tobin Rote, quarterback,
San Diego Chargers The professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport A team sport includes any sport Sport pertains to any form of ...
(
AP
AP
)
Clem Daniels Clemon C. Daniels Jr. (October 3, 1937 – March 23, 2019) was an American professional American football, football player who was a halfback (American football), halfback in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NF ...
, halfback,
Oakland Raiders Oakland is the largest city and the county seat A county seat is an administrative centerAn administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public ad ...
( TSN)


1964

Gino Cappelletti Gino Cappelletti (born March 26, 1934) is an American former Professional football (gridiron), professional football player. He played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football, Minnesota Golden Gophers and was an All-Star in the ...

Gino Cappelletti
, flanker and placekicker,
Boston Patriots Boston (, ), officially the City of Boston, is the capital Capital most commonly refers to: * Capital letter Letter case (or just case) is the distinction between the letters that are in larger uppercase or capitals (or more formall ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
, TSN)


1965

Paul Lowe Paul Edward Lowe (born September 27, 1936) is an American retired professional football Football is a family of team sport A team is a halfback for the Los Angeles Chargers">Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs of the A ...
, halfback,
San Diego Chargers The professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport A team sport includes any sport Sport pertains to any form of ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
, TSN)
Jack Kemp Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional gridiron football player. A member of the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party from New York, he served as United States Secretary of ...
, quarterback,
Buffalo Bills ''Italic text'' The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference ...
(
AP
AP
)


1966

Jim Nance James Solomon "Big Jim" Nance (December 30, 1942 – June 17, 1992) was an American professional American football, football player who was a Fullback (American football), fullback with the Boston Patriots during their days in the American Footb ...
, fullback,
Boston Patriots Boston (, ), officially the City of Boston, is the capital Capital most commonly refers to: * Capital letter Letter case (or just case) is the distinction between the letters that are in larger uppercase or capitals (or more formall ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
, TSN)


1967

Daryle Lamonica Daryle Pasquale Lamonica (born July 17, 1941) is a former American football quarterback who played in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the History of the Oakland Raiders, Oak ...
, quarterback,
Oakland Raiders Oakland is the largest city and the county seat A county seat is an administrative centerAn administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public ad ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
, TSN)


1968

Joe Namath Joseph William Namath (; ; born May 31, 1943) is a former American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport A team sport includes any ...

Joe Namath
, quarterback,
New York Jets The New York Jets are a professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangula ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
,
AP
AP
, TSN)


1969

Daryle Lamonica Daryle Pasquale Lamonica (born July 17, 1941) is a former American football quarterback who played in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the History of the Oakland Raiders, Oak ...
, quarterback,
Oakland Raiders Oakland is the largest city and the county seat A county seat is an administrative centerAn administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public ad ...
(
UPI United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. A ...

UPI
, TSN)
Joe Namath Joseph William Namath (; ; born May 31, 1943) is a former American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport A team sport includes any ...

Joe Namath
, quarterback,
New York Jets The New York Jets are a professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangula ...
(
AP
AP
)


See also

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UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year From 1960 to 1969, the United Press International (UPI) gave the annual AFL Player of the Year award in the American Football League, whose teams in 1970 became the American Football Conference (AFC) of the new National Football League (NFL). From ...


References

* * {{cite web, title=UPI AFL Player of the Year Winners, url=https://www.pro-football-reference.com/awards/afl-upi-player-of-the-year-award.htm, website=Pro-Football-Reference.com, publisher=Sports Reference, accessdate=July 13, 2017