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Three more programs from the old All America Football Conference (AAFC). The Chicago Rockets commissioned Bay Area artist, William Kay to do their covers. Kay also did the artwork on all the 49er program covers. You can see that the LA Don is a bit more bold with the Rocket than he is with 49er mascot, "Sourdough Sam". In the third program, Sam is breaking the Buffalo Bison. 1946 was the only year the Buffalo Bisons were in existence. After that, they became the Buffalo Bills. The Bills of the AAFC folded after the '49 season. They actually played well enough to be considered to merge into the NFL but politics among NFL owners kept them out. In 1960, the Bills came back under a new franchise and became a charter member of the old American Football League. Today, the Bills and 49ers are members of the National Football League while the Bisons, Dons and Rockets faded into obscurity and are known mainly to hard core football historians.