Hall of Fame Game to feature former AFL franchises in Titans, Bills

Two of the original teams in their original uniforms will kick off the NFL's celebration of the 50th season of its AFL teams when the Buffalo Bills take on the Tennessee Titans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9, the Hall of Fame and NFL announced.

The exhibition game will be televised nationally on NBC.

The American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970, played its first season in 1960 with eight teams. Two of those clubs were the Bills and the Houston Oilers -- the forerunner of the Titans and the team that captured the AFL's first championship.

The founding owners of the Bills and Titans in 1960 are still in command of those teams. Ralph C. Wilson Jr. is the original owner of the Bills. The Titans have been owned by K.S. (Bud) Adams Jr. since their inception.

The game will be played a day after the 90-year-old Wilson and former Bills star Bruce Smith are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Titans will wear their Oilers uniforms of the early 1960s that were distinguished by the derrick logo on their blue helmets. The team played in Houston from 1960-96 before moving to Tennessee.

Buffalo will wear its "throwback" uniforms that feature a simple red buffalo on a white helmet.

The NFL is planning to celebrate the 50th season of its AFL clubs in numerous ways this year.

The Hall of Fame Game will follow the induction of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2009 on Aug. 8 and cap a multi-day celebration known as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

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Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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