Perhaps the most damning claim was the one by newspaper, radio and TV reporters from NFL cities, calling AFL players "NFL Rejects", implying that if a player had spent time in the NFL and then played with an AFL team, he was "washed up" and not good enough to play in the "superior" league.
To refute that propaganda, one has only to consider the following "NFL Rejects": Jack Kemp. Ron McDole. Art Powell. John Tracey. George Blanda. Don Maynard. Len Dawson. They all started their careers in the NFL. They all set standards at their respective positions, in the American Football League. At the peaks of their careers, all would have gladly been "taken back" by the NFL teams that "rejected" them. What they and dozens of others showed was that the inferiority may have been not in the AFL players, but in the evaluation skills of the NFL teams that let them go.