Player-for-player trades in the National Football League have become quite rare over the past few years. Back in the early days of the American Football League, though, the teams didn't know any better.
That helps to explain a trade of starting quarterbacks by the Bills and the New York Titans.
The Bills thought they needed help at the position, so they sent quarterback Johnny Green and defensive back Billy Atkins to the Titans. In return, Buffalo received quarterback Al Dorow.
Green had been an occasional starter for the Bills in their first two seasons, guiding his team to a 5-6 record in his starts. Atkins made 10 interceptions for the Bills in 1961, which led the AFL and got him into the All-Star Game.
Dorow was the Titans' starter in 1960 and 1961, and helped them go 13-14 in his 27 starts. He hadn't been paid for the last few games of the '61 season, and when he complained to AFL Commissioner Joe Foss he was traded.
However, Dorow's fortunes turned sour in Buffalo. Dorow started only four games with the Bills, and lost them all. Arm and shoulder injuries were the problem, and he never played again. Meanwhile, Green started for the Titans in 1962 and was a backup for a season after that.
-- Budd Bailey
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