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NFL Modern Free Agency – Thank You Reggie White!!!

3/20/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about free agency in the NFL. Last week we learned about the history of free agency up to 1992. Let's just say this was a good step forward, but the case that really broke open the free agency for players in the modern era was Reggie White vs. NFL. The ruling in the Reggie White case allowed many players to deal with any team they wanted to, but it still wasn't quite what the players had fought for. This episode explains the...

Duration:00:21:56

NFL Free Agency – How It All Started (Pre-Modern Era)

3/13/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about free agency in the NFL Every year in the middle of March, many NFL players strike it rich. It wasn't always this way. Players didn't have much leverage at the birth of the NFL. Sure, we learned about Pudge Heffelfinger becoming the first dude to get paid for playing football way back in episode 2, but that doesn't mean players were always getting paid well. It took some time for the balance between the players and owners to...

Duration:00:18:36

Art McNally – NFL Director of Officials and Father of Instant Replay

3/6/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the man known as the Father of Instant Replay, Art McNally. Art gave almost 60 years of his life to the NFL to improve the officiating department. Last episode discussed Shorty Ray's impact on the development of the rules. Art McNally used this foundation and trained his officials to be the best they could be. He developed the modern evaluation system that transformed how NFL officials improve their craft. Art won many awards...

Duration:00:19:38

Hugh “Shorty” Ray – NFL’s Mr. Einstein

2/27/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the man known as the NFL's Mr. Einstein and often referred to as the NFL's Unknown Hero, Hugh "Shorty" Ray. We were introduced to him in last week's episode covering the History of the NFL Official, but this episode we get to learn why he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many say President Teddy Roosevelt was responsible for saving football, but Shorty Ray was possibly the true mastermind for turning the NFL...

Duration:00:19:41

History of the NFL Official

2/20/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the evolution of the NFL Official. Last week we discussed the evolution of the rules, but the rules do not matter if the official is not there to enforce them. Back in the early days of the NFL, the official was not nearly on the same level as today regarding professionalism or effectiveness. In this episode, we explore various ways the NFL official has transformed into what you see today. The topics range from how the number...

Duration:00:21:39

History of NFL Rule Changes

2/13/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the more prominent rule changes in NFL history. Episode 1 discussed how Walter Camp, The Father of American Football, helped transform the game from soccer and rugby closer to the style we are used to seeing today. However, this style of American Football was still very basic and dangerous. Throughout the past 100 years, the NFL has shifted to a pass-friendly league, predicated on high scoring affairs to maintain fan...

Duration:00:21:02

NFL 100th Season and The Future of the Show

2/6/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to ground zero of The Football History Dude Podcast. It's a special edition 50th episode that goes a little behind the scenes of how and why I started the show, gives a recap of the previous 49 episodes, and hints towards what's on tap in the upcoming year. The 2019 NFL season coincidentally is the 100th season of the NFL, so it works out perfectly. All year you can follow social media with #NFL100. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get...

Duration:00:17:31

The First Super Bowl – Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1/30/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the first Super Bowl in NFL history. The game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs provided concrete proof for the first time of the AFL-NFL merger. Legendary coach Vince Lombardi and his Packers faced another legendary coach, Hank Stram, and his Kansas City Chiefs. The result winner would be declared the AFL-NFL World Champion, later renamed the first Super Bowl. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready...

Duration:00:18:47

NFL Pro Bowl History

1/23/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the history of the NFL Pro Bowl. It is common nowadays to watch many of the all-stars of the NFL play against each other every year in the annual Pro Bowl. It wasn't always this way, and there used to be a different type of all-star game in the NFL. In this episode, we get to explore how the Pro Bowl has transformed over the years. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. GET YOUR FOOTBALL...

Duration:00:20:54

NFL Playoffs Timeline

1/16/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the timeline of NFL Playoffs. After the 1932 ad-hoc NFL title game, league officials decided it would be good business to have an annual Championship Game to determine the alpha team of the season. Through the years this morphed into what the current format of 12 teams making the playoffs each year. This episode guides you through the timeline to see how the NFL morphed from a regular season standing champion to what it is...

Duration:00:17:15

The First Ever NFL Playoff Game

1/9/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the first ever NFL playoff game. Back then the league champion was determined by the team with the best record. However, the Portsmouth Spartans and the Chicago Bears had the same record. Thus, the league determined a playoff for the championship was in order. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. GET YOUR FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE MERCHANDISE HERE!!!! Connect with the show: Visit the show...

Duration:00:23:20

American Football League – The Road to a Merger

1/2/2019
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about how the American Football League went from being at the doorstep of the NFL to a legitimate contender for fans. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. GET YOUR FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE MERCHANDISE HERE!!!! Connect with the show: Visit the show notes for this episode Visit me on the web - my about page Contact the show Follow me on Twitter Subscribe on YouTube Promotions: FREE ENTRY TO...

Duration:00:22:11

The Founding of the American Football League

12/26/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the founding of the American Football League. Most did not take consider the AFL a serious competitor at the beginning. NFL owners scoffed at the inferior league, and they had reason to believe the AFL would not survive. Players often preferred the NFL, the stadiums were rundown, fans did not flock to the stands, and the owners were losing money. However, it didn't take long before the AFL earned respect from the NFL. This...

Duration:00:20:29

AFL- NFL Merger (A Brief History)

12/19/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about one of the most important events in NFL history, the AFL - NFL merger. It was thought at the beginning the AFL was just another league that would get stomped out by the NFL, but things pretty quickly, culminating with a merger into one super pro football entity. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. GET YOUR FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE MERCHANDISE HERE!!!! Connect with the show: Visit the...

Duration:00:22:44

Val Pinchbeck – The NFL Scheduling Czar

12/12/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the man who used to create the entire NFL schedule by hand, Val Pinchbeck. He worked in the NFL as an executive for over 40 years, and was considered by many to have had more passion for the game than any other person in the organization. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. THE FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE MERCHANDISE FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the show: Visit the show notes for...

Duration:00:18:23

Oldest NFL Franchise – Arizona Cardinals

12/5/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the longest continuously operated franchise in professional football. The Arizona Cardinals do not come to mind for many when thinking about the oldest NFL franchise, but the team is 1 of only 2 of the original teams still in existence. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. THE FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE MERCHANDISE FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the show: Visit the show notes for...

Duration:00:13:52

Bob McNair – Houston Texans Founder and Owner

11/28/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the life and career of the late owner of the Houston Texans, Bob McNair. He was a savior to the city of Houston, bringing an NFL team back after the Oilers packed their bags for Tennessee. His influence in the owner's room, in the city, and various committees helped shape the NFL as we know it. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the show: Visit...

Duration:00:13:09

NFL on Thanksgiving Day – A Brief History

11/21/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the history of football on Thanksgiving Day. To many Americans, Thanksgiving Day and the NFL are synonymous. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have played games for so long we wouldn't think of any other way. This episode teaches us a little about how that came to be. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the show: Visit the show notes for this...

Duration:00:17:40

Sammy Baugh – Slingin’ Sammy (Quarterback) Washington Redskins

11/14/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the life and career of Sammy Baugh. Slingin' Sammy was a pioneer for the forward pass, and he helped put Washington D.C. on the NFL map back in the late 30's/early 40's. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the show: Visit the show notes for this episode Visit me on the web - my about page Contact the show Follow me on Twitter Subscribe on YouTube...

Duration:00:14:21

Ernie Nevers – (Fullback) Duluth Eskimos / Chicago Cardinals

11/7/2018
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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the life and career of Ernie Nevers, a Hall of Fame fullback for the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals. Nevers' career was short, but he made the most out of his 5 seasons in the NFL. He still holds the record for most points scored (40) in a game. This is also the oldest record in the history of the NFL. So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph. FREE ENTRY TO DRAFTKINGS Connect with the...

Duration:00:12:31