Ralph Hay – Founder of the NFL

Ralph Hay Introduction

Ralph Hay was an owner of an auto dealership and the Canton Bulldogs, a professional football team.  At the time, professional football in the Ohio region was at the brink of extinction, so Mr. Hay gathered together representatives from 11 different teams on September 17, 1920, to discuss the formation of a new league.  This meeting resulted in the formation of the American Professional Football Association, which would later become the NFL.

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