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Little tough guys: Faces of the Young America Football League, 1939

In Denver in 1939, the daydreams of some 550 youngsters, 8 to 18 years old, came true. Those schoolboys joined the Young America League, which handed them brightly colored uniforms and taught them to play regular, 11-man football. Read more and see all the photographs at Life.com.

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Football faces

One Colorado football league caught the eye of LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, for a profile seen in its Oct. 9, 1939, issue.

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The Wolf Pack drinks

Thirsty members of Wolf Pack kids football team drinking water from garden hose. The team is a member of the Young America League.
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Jim Petersen, 8

Jim Petersen, 8, plays football in the Young America League for kids.

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Gearing up

Young Football League member Cliff Donnelly struggling with his equipment.
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Alex Lindsay Jr., 10

Alex Lindsay Jr., 10, member of the Young America League, who plays football for the Wolf Pack Club.

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Ready for action

Bill Gregory, 8-year-old star tackle for the Wolf Pack football team in the Young America League for kids. See more great photos at Life.com.

Alfred Eisenstaedt / Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Little tough guys: Faces of the Young America Football League, 1939

In Denver in 1939, the daydreams of some 550 youngsters, 8 to 18 years old, came true. Those schoolboys joined the Young America League, which handed them brightly colored uniforms and taught them to play regular, 11-man football. Read more and see all the photographs at Life.com.

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