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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to April 23, 1989 to witness the moment that led this this podcast.  Barry Sanders was drafted on this date, and he is the reason I ended falling in love with the NFL.  The dude in the picture on my left is Gramps, and he the one that got my family into football.  So, between Barry Sanders and Gramps, I was given the drive to start this show.  In this episode I describe my purpose for the show in further detail.  So strap on your seatbelt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.


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Welcome to the Football History Dude Podcast, where each episode is a journey back in time to learn about the rich history of the NFL. Your host is Arnie Chapman. Football is his passion and he wants you to come along with him to explore the yesteryear of the gridiron. So hop on board his DeLorean and lets get this baby up to 88 miles per hour (Great Scott).

Now we step off our time machine. The date is April 23rd, 1989 and you asked yourself why is this date so important? Well I’m here to tell you that this is the day that has led up to the podcast you are listening to. Which is The Football History Dude. You see your host Arnie Chapman, and that’s me, grew up a hard-core Detroit Lions fan. April 23rd, 1989 is the day when the Detroit Lions drafted none other than Mr. Barry Sanders – My favorite football player growing up as a boy. He is the player that is responsible for the reason why I fell in love with the NFL. And although he’s the player who got me excited about the NFL, my fandom for the NFL and the Detroit Lions can be linked to one person. And that individual is Gramps. It is Gramps that is responsible for the reason why my family loves the Detroit Lions and the NFL. But to give you a little back story for you to really realize how much our family talks about football, every time I call Gramps the first thing that comes out of our mouths are, “Are you ready for some football?” And of course we are always like, “You’re darn right I am!” or “Heck yeah I am!” We might have some life things in there but a lot of it is going to revolve around the NFL. And then when we hang up it’s always, “Go Lions!” Pretty much every time that’s how we have our conversations. And legend has it; at least it’s a joke in my family, that Gramps invented the word “dude”. Of course we know it’s not true, but it’s something that is more of an inside joke that my dad said and it pretty much just stuck ever since. Thus, this show is somewhat of a dedication to my Gramps because he’s gotten us all into football, and the word “dude” has been introduced into our family and we all pretty much say “dude”, “man” that kind of thing. So I wanted you all to know that if you like this show, you have Gramps to thank. And speaking of the show, lets get into why I started it. I am just a regular fan. I’m a regular dude who happens to like the NFL. I’ve also been intrigued with history and just things that have happened in the past. Naturally, I did some amateur digging and research on different things that have happened in the past. I’m not here to try to tell you that I am anywhere close to a professional NFL historian. I am just an amateur NFL enthusiast and I like to know how we get to where we are. That goes for anything in life, how did we lead up to where we are? Where are we going? What is happening? Why are we here? And I just generally like to know the reasons why things are how they are. That goes with pretty much anything in life. I’m always asking questions about the past. I always ask people about alternate realities. So I thought, hey why not talk about some of my passions. I like to know why things happen. I’m also super into the NFL. Lets mash those things together. You may have heard a little bit of a reference at the beginning of the show to a DeLorean and “Great Scott” and that kind of thing. Also, growing up as a boy, I watched the Back to the Future Trilogy [Blu-ray] (affiliate link) all of the time. So you’re going to have some references to the Back to the Future. In fact, if you clicked on this podcast, I’m pretty sure you probably saw my artwork which is me in an old school leather helmet pointing towards the future and I’m sitting in a DeLorean and I’m about to do that time travel thing. Each episode I’m going to ask you, the listener, to hop aboard my DeLorean and we’re going to take that baby up to 88 MPH. We’re going to explore something in the past. And each episode is going to take us back in time where we are going to go ahead and look at a different era. A different event, something that caused the NFL to be what it is today. We are all fans of football and we all love the NFL. But it’s nice to know, how did it get to what it is today? Where did we come from? And also with this knowledge, maybe we can see where it is going to be going. And hopefully we can keep this great game alive. If this is something that you are interested in, if you like the NFL, if you like football, if you like to know where we came from, if you like to know why the NFL is the way it is today – Then I recommend that you subscribe to this show.

Thank you for listening to this episode of The Football History Dude. To make sure you’re the first to get the next episode, please subscribe with your podcast player of choice and head on over to []( for the show notes and more information on the history of the NFL. And remember dudes, where we’re going we don’t need roads.

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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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