Although this franchise officially relocated to Tennessee in 1997, football fans will always remember those distinctive blue-and-white Houston Oilers jerseys. The team started, in 1960, as one of the charter members of the newly founded American Football League (AFL). Few football teams have ever had such impressive beginnings.
The Oilers won the first two AFL championships, in 1960 and ‘61, and racked up ten regular-season wins in each season. They almost made it three in a row but narrowly lost in double overtime to the Dallas Texans in the 1962 AFL Championship Game.
Along with the rest of the AFL, the Oilers joined the National Football League in 1966. The Oilers never managed to make it to the Super Bowl, but they certainly had some pretty good seasons. They earned a bunch of playoff appearances, including literally every season from 1987 through 1993, and they nabbed two AFC Central titles (‘91 & ‘93). The team also has the distinction of being the first pro football team to play in a domed stadium—the Houston Astrodome, where it began playing in 1968.
After relocating to Memphis in 1997, the team officially became the Tennessee Oilers. The name of the Houston Oilers was officially retired by order of Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
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