By John Turney
This issue has to be addressed by NFL fans and Hall of Fame voters and those who advocate for particular players for the Hall of Fame.
How to properly verbalize and normalize the All-Pro/All-NFL/All-AFL honors of the 1960s. To a lesser degree this applies to the 1946-1949 era when the AAFC and NFL were both major leagues of football just as the NFL and AFL were.
As we know at the end of each season the press and sometimes the press will poll players or coaches or executives to select "All-Pro" teams. But sometimes that verbiage All-"PRO" is a misnomer. Yes, we all use it as shorthand in writing and speaking and Tweeting, etc., but technically, it means picking from all the major leagues.
Football has used that term whereas basketball and baseball have used the term "All-Star" rather than All-Pro.
So, going to 1946, there were All-Pro teams that have players chosen from both the NFL and the AAFC. And there were All-NFL teams and All-AAFC teams chosen as well.
Here is an excerpt from the Pro Football Researcher's Association book The Best Each Season—