1920 – The birth of America’s Game
A landmark occasion in United States sport occurred on this day 93 years ago when the first professional American football league was formed. Pro football had begun in 1892 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when former Yale star William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid a notable sum of $500 to play. But a sense of order was required. Eleven franchises were represented at the meeting – their number including legendary player, coach and owner George Halas – in the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom in Canton, Ohio, which formed the American Professional Football Association. This was eventually re-named as the National Football League [NFL] in 1922.
‘Papa Bear’: George Halas.