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Founding of the NFL | A Meeting on September 17, 1920

Did you ever wonder what day was the founding of the NFL? It was a hot and muggy night in the middle of September in a town all NFL fans have heard of. The date was September 17, 1920. Ralph Hay invited representatives from 11 franchises to his Hupmobile auto showroom, resulting in the nickname – The Founder of the NFL. The result of this meeting was actually the American Football Professional Association. A couple of years later the name would be changed to the National Football League. One book I recommend, if you are interested in learning about the beginnings of the NFL, is by John Eisenberg – How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire. Overall, this meeting set the foundation for a league to eventually take over as the top sports league in America, now celebrating 100 seasons. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get this baby up to 88 mph.

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About the author, Arnie Chapman

My name is Arnie Chapman, and I am the host of The Football History Dude, a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the rich history of the NFL. The show officially launched on 4/15/18, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about football, and learning about the history of the game has intrigued me, as well. I'm asking you to come along with me on my DeLorean to travel back in time and learn about the yesteryear of the gridiron. To get started, you can go to my website for more details.


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