GREAT MO­MENT

1920 – The birth of Amer­ica’s Game

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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.

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