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The Foolish Club: A Movie on the AFL


For the 50th anniversary of the AFL's launch, a group is making a movie on the upstart league. The AFL changed pro football as we know it. It gave birth to our beloved New York Jets and their three AFC East rivals. It was the rare successful upstart. The movie sounds like it could be the next great sports movie.

Here is the press release:

April 15, 2009 Alan Goforth
(816) 524-7774

“The Foolish Club” movie will celebrate remarkable history of American Football League

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Football fans love a good underdog story. Who can forget Joe Namath leading the upstart New York Jets past the vaunted Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III?

No one, however, overcame longer odds than the eight men who founded the American Football League in 1960. The likelihood of succeeding against the established National Football League was so slim that Wayne Valley of the Oakland Raiders jokingly called the group “The Foolish Club.” That name soon turned into a badge of honor as the AFL forced a merger with the NFL and helped make the league the dominant force in professional sports today. The incredible story of the AFL has never been fully told – until now. Just in time for the league’s 50th anniversary, The Foolish Club LLC is developing a screenplay for a movie to be called “The Foolish Club.”

“The AFL brought professional football for the first time to fans in cities such as Houston, Denver, and San Diego,” said Mike Bryant of the development group. “It also provided an opportunity for hundreds of players and coaches to earn a living at the game they love. With most of those players now in their 70s, now is the time to share their story with a new generation.” Members of The Foolish Club LLC have met with numerous former AFL players and owners in recent years, and their response has been overwhelmingly positive. The group now is seeking qualified investors through a private placement memorandum.

The Foolish Club management team has selected Conrad Goode as its screenwriter. After earning All-America honors at the University of Missouri and playing in the NFL with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Conrad moved to Los Angeles, where he is a highly sought-after actor and screenwriter.

“If it weren’t for the dedicated owners, coaches and players of the AFL, pro football would be a vastly different game today,” Bryant said. “We are committed to honoring the legacy of men who truly made football America’s sport.” For more information about “The Foolish Club” or to request an investment packet, please contact Mike Bryant at (816) 365-7873 or

The Foolish Club, L.L.C. is a Missouri company organized to develop “The Foolish Club” movie project. It is part of FC Ventures LLC, which identifies, acquires and develops projects for film, broadband and other media.

EDITORS NOTE: Screenwriter Conrad Goode and members of The Foolish Club LLC are available for interviews. Please contact Alan Goforth at (816) 524-7774 or