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Rochester Jeffersons – John Steffenhagen Interview (Part 1)

This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to March 11, 1892, the birth of this week’s hero, Leo Lyons.  He was the main guy responsible for building the Rochester Jeffersons from a sandlot team into one of the first franchises of the NFL.  Leo was destined to be apart of Pro Football, considering he was born just 8 months and a day before William “Pudge” Heffelfinger, the first documented professional football player.  John Steffenhagen is Leo’s great-grandson, and he rides shotgun with us today in the DeLorean to take us back to the early days of the NFL, through the eyes of Leo Lyon’s.

Here you can find the dedicated John Steffenhagen page.

John has spent many years learning about the history of the Rochester Jeffersons and his great-grandfather, Leo Lyons.  The thing that sparked his interest was seeing legends of the NFL in his great-grandfather’s kitchen.  We’re talking Art Rooney, Vince Lombardi, and other NFL giants.  He didn’t understand the gravity of the situation back then, but then as he grew older, he realized it was a major deal.  John has spent a large portion of his life ever since uncovering gridiron knowledge nuggets about one of the first teams in NFL history, the Rochester Jeffersons.

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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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