The Oilers scored an important victory over the NFL when they signed LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, All-America running back Billy Cannon. Cannon joined other Oiler offensive stars such as quarterback George Blanda.
The American Football League did not have an All-Star game after its first season in 1960, but an All-League team, selected by vote of the AFL players themselves, was published by the Sporting News. In later years, the All-League players were augmented by other All-Stars to form two squads, Eastern and Western, to play in the All-Star Game. The exception was 1965, in which the League Champion Buffalo Bills played against a team of All-Stars from the rest of the League.