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Rock Island Independents | Original NFL Team

Can you name all 14 of the original NFL teams? Would you have guessed one of the big-time teams of the inaugural 1920 NFL season hailed from one of the good ole’ Quad Cities? That’s right. The Rock Island Independents were a founding and original team of the NFL way back in the first season in 1920. They were even invited to Founding of the NFL back on September 17, 1920, and forever will be considered one of the most important teams of the first decade of the league. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get this baby up to 88MPH.

Note – The article below covers the topic of this week’s episode in detail.  There are many links throughout the article to enhance your learning of the history of the NFL.  A few of these may be Amazon links.  As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Keep scrolling to get to the article.


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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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