Sports fans in the Philadelphia area are pretty knowledgeable, especially when it comes to football. Since entering the National Football League in 1933 the Philadelphia Eagles have led those fans on a roller coaster ride, experiencing all the highs and lows the league has to offer. While it's been more than 50 years since the Eagles last captured an NFL title, the team's relative success in recent seasons is building anticipation of a return to past glories. But don't be fooled, the rich history of pro football in this region doesn't begin and end with the Eagles. After all, before our beloved Birds there were the beloved, ...Bugs?
The history of professional football in this region is long and storied, stretching all the way back to the late 1800's. From the gridiron "elevens" sponsored by bicycle clubs and baseball teams to those of local athletic associations and the National Football League, this history is rich and interesting and chock-full-o' surprises. Just consider the game hinted at below:
Manager Connie Mack watches as his Philadelphia Athletics take to the field against their cross-town rivals, the Phillies. Everyone is ready,
...FOR THE KICK-OFF!
The primary purpose of this website is to share a little of what I enjoy about the early history of professional football. Hopefully it will also pique your curiosity to find out more. Please keep in mind that I'm still in the process of putting this thing together. It is, very much, a work in progress. Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated, so feel free to contact me with your comments and suggestions!
This site was last updated March 22, 2013.
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