Shirt claims Texans '61 AFC champs

Updated: September 3, 2012, 12:19 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

No, the Houston Texans did not win the 1961 AFC Championship, but that's what T-shirts produced by clothing chain Old Navy said.

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Old NavyThis Old Navy shirt incorrectly named the Texans (not the Oilers) the 1961 AFC (not AFL) champs.

After word circulated on the Internet about the mistake, the company will be pulling the items from its website and from stores, a company spokesperson told ESPN.com.

"The NFL clothing sold in our Old Navy stores is created by a third party sports licensing company," said Edie Kissko, a spokesperson for Gap Inc., which owns the Old Navy brand, in a statement. "It is our intention to always provide the best merchandise to our customers and NFL fans. We apologize for this error and are removing the T-shirts."

It was the Houston Oilers, not the Texans of course, that won the 1961 title -- and it was an AFL title. The AFC didn't come into existence until the 1970 merger and several decades later the Oilers moved from Texas to Tennessee and became the Titans. The Texans were an expansion franchise that came into the league in 2002.

This is not the first high profile sports blunder for the Old Navy brand. Last year, the company had to replace thousands of T-shirts with college logos after the shirts had "Lets Go" on them, missing an apostrophe. Old Navy reprinted the shirts with the correct punctuation.

As of 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, the web page selling the Texans shirt on the Old Navy page was still active.

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