This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to March 11, 1892, the birth of this week’s hero, Leo Lyons.Â He was the main guy responsible for building the Rochester Jeffersons from a sandlot team into one of the first franchises of the NFL.Â 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.Â 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.
John has spent many years learning about the history of the Rochester Jeffersons and his great-grandfather, Leo Lyons.Â The thing that sparked his interest was seeing legends of the NFL in his great-grandfather’s kitchen.Â We’re talking Art Rooney, Vince Lombardi, and other NFL giants.Â He didn’t understand the gravity of the situation back then, but then as he grew older, he realized it was a major deal.Â 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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