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Jay Berwanger and the First NFL Draft

This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to 1936 to witness the first NFL draft.  Times were different for the players and owners pre-draft era.  Some say the NFL draft saved professional sports because it helped balance the leagues.  Others say the birth of the NFL draft was a major turning point in the explosion of the NFL.  The draft was the brainchild of the first great NFL Commissioner and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.  You can learn more about him in the Bert Bell episode.  For now, it’s time to take you back to that first NFL draft, and I’ll clue you into a secret.  There’s a major twist at the end.  So, strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.




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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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