July 14, 2019
World Foootball League
Game summaries, milestones and transactions for the World Football League.
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July 5, 2019
Player Profile: Ox Emerson
The third in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


July 4, 2019
Player Profile: Al Wistert
The second in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


June 30, 2019
Player Profile: Lavvie Dilweg
The first in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


This month's Coffin Corner

June 25, 2019
Coffin Corner Vol. 41, No. 3
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PFRA-ternizing. An update on the candidates and deadlines for PFRA elective offices in 2019, the official announcement of the weekend of June 18-21, 2020 for the PFRA Convention in Canton next year and birthday wishes for the PFRA at 40.

Official 2018 Hall of Very Good Ballot. Note that the deadline for voting is October 31, 2019.

Present at the Creation: An Interview with Joe Horrigan on the Founding of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. The retiring executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame speaks on the founding of the organization and his memories of those early days of the PFRA and those who were at that first meeting in Canton, Ohio.

The Battle of the Decade: The 40th Anniversary of Super Bowl XIII by J. Brian Ross. A look back at the 1979 Cowboys vs. Steelers rematch of Super Bowl X that would become the most-watched sporting event in television history at the time and a key moment in deciding the NFL team of the Seventies.

The Modern Stadium Explosion: From the 1960s to the Present by Patrick Gallivan. A brief history of the era of multi-purpose and football stadium construction that began with the Houston Astrodome in 1962 and including the NFL stadiums that opened in this decade.


This month's Coffin Corner

May 6, 2019
Coffin Corner Vol. 41, No. 2
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PFRA-ternizing. The column features news on the passing of longtime PFRA member Fausto Batella of Italy, an announcement on the creation of the PFRA's Instagram account (@pfra_photos), a brief explanation on the recent absence of the editor-in-chief and a look at the very first issue of the Coffin Corner on the publication's 40th anniversary.

The Final Battle: The 1966 AFL-NFL Drafts by John Maxymuk. A history of the last competitive drafts between the two rival leagues, both held on the same Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend in 1965 and including two expansion teams for each league (the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and the AFL's Miami Dolphins), before the merger agreement and the first common draft of 1967.

3/29/19: The First Championship Game by Mark L. Ford and Massimo Foglio. The story of the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F) football playoffs and championship that took place among the U.S. troops stationed in Europe after World War I under the orders of General "Black Jack" Pershing along with a detailed account of the title game featuring Hall of Famer George "Potsy" Clark leading his team to victory as a player.

2018 Player Deaths. A list of the pro football players who died last year, including information on the team(s) they played for, the date and location of their death (if known) and their age when they passed away.


April 27, 2019
First Issue of The Coffin Corner
In celebrating the anniversary of the PFRA, we take a look back at the first issue of The Coffin Corner.
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April 6, 2019
AAF Gamebooks
Gamebooks and media guide from the Alliance of American Football.
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March 22, 2019
2018 NFL Gamebooks
Complete set of 2018 NFL Gamebooks.
Available to Members Only


This month's Coffin Corner

February 17, 2019
Coffin Corner Vol. 41, No. 1
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PFRA-ternizing. The executive director gives his state of the PFRA address to the members, listing the accomplishments of the organization for 2018 and provides a look ahead to 2019.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2018 by Elizabeth Fontenot, Matthew Keddie, Jeff Miller and Matt Reaser, with illustrations by John Richards. Mini-biographies of last year's class are included for Lyle Alzado, Dick Anderson, Ken Gray, Lee Roy Jordan, Earl Morrall, Ralph Neely and Fred Smerlas.

2018 PFRA Awards. The winners are officially announced with John Turney receiving the Ralph Hay Award for lifetime achievement, Doug Farrar as the recipient of the Nelson Ross Award for his book The Genius of Desperation: The Schematic Innovations that Made the Modern NFL, and Greg Tranter winning the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award for his article "Well-Traveled: NFL Players That Have Played in the Most Pro Football Leagues."

Pro Football's Renaissance Men: The Twilight Decade of the 1960s by Ryan C. Christiansen. A listing of all the NFL players from the Sixties onward who have achieved an "all-around," that is completed a pass, ran with the ball, kicked the ball, and caught a pass in a single contest, with the versatile Paul Hornung at the top by attaining this feat in ten games.

Super Bowl I Drive Chart by Richard Durr. A visual representation of the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game between the Packers and the Chiefs showing the game flow, momentum changes, and both team's drive distances and time, all on a single page.

The Disgrace of the Ottawa Football Club by Robert Sproule. A look back at the team with the well-earned nickname of "Rough Riders," who played a brutal style of the football in the Quebec Rugby Football Union in 1897 - rough enough to be suspended for that season.

Bucky Pope: The Catawba Claw by Tom Laemlein. A short biography of the wide receiver who attended a small college in North Carolina, would go on to have a remarkable rookie season in 1964 with the Los Angeles Rams, and was unable to duplicate it due to injury the next year.


February 10, 2019
Financial Year 2018 Annual Report and 2019 Budget.
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January 29, 2019
1981-90 NFL Gamebooks
Additional NFL gamebooks for 1981-90.
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January 20, 2019
1991-97 NFL Gamebooks
Additional NFL gamebooks for 1991-97.
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December 16, 2018
1948 NFL Championship Game
A look at the December 19, 1948 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals.
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This month's Coffin Corner

December 7, 2018
Coffin Corner Vol. 40, No. 6
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PFRA-ternizing. The inductees in the Hall of Very Good's class of 2018 are announced: Lyle Alzado, Dick Anderson, Ken Gray, Lee Roy Jordan, Earl Morrall, Ralph Neely and Fred Smerlas along with deadline reminders on the PFRA elections and membership renewals for next year.

Patriot Games: Boston's Front Four - One of the AFL's Best by Ed Gruver. The exploits of the Boston Patriots defensive line is explored along with biographical information on starters Larry Eisenhauer, Jim Lee Hunt, Houston Antwine, and Bob Dee, along with former Eagles player and contributing member Jess Richardson.

The Great White North: Heisman Trophy Winners in the CFL by Randy Snow. Our aptly-named author examines the careers of the nine Heisman award winners who played in Canada and the varying degrees of success (or lack thereof) they experienced while there.

Jacksonville Before the Jaguars by Barry Shuck. A short history of professional football in the northern Florida city with teams from the WFL (Sharks and Express), American Football Association (Firebirds and Sunbirds), and USFL (Bulls) covered, as well as the beginnings of the current NFL franchise.

Nine Years of Dislike: Raiders vs. Steelers, 1972-1980 by Harvey Aronson. The bitter rivalry between the teams from Oakland and Pittsburgh in the Seventies is revisited - a rivalry born out of one of the most famous plays in NFL history.


This month's Coffin Corner

November 1, 2018
Coffin Corner Vol. 40, No. 5
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PFRA-ternizing. A milestone announcement of the 1,000 follower to the PFRA's official Twitter account and notices on the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Baltimore Colts season and the second book in the PFRA's Great Teams in Pro Football History series along with the upcoming 2020 PFRA Convention in Canton, Ohio to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NFL.

Well-Traveled: NFL Players That Have Played in the Most Pro Football Leagues by Greg Tranter. A research report and listing of a group of 20 players that have played in five professional leagues or more with notable names including Ben Agajanian, Coy Bacon, Michael Bishop and Fred Jackson that played in leagues such as the AFL, the AAFC, the CFL, the USFL and the WFL. Short biographies of each player are included.

Coffin Corner Extra Point: An Interesting Conflict by Tracy Thibeau. The problem of game scheduling that faced the NFL arising from the fact that there were two teams in Chicago (the Bears and the Cardinals) before the Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960.

2018 PFRA Bookshelf by John Maxymuk. A bibliography of books on professional football (with a few notable exceptions) published or scheduled to be published in 2018, with highlighted titles by the PFRA.

Philadelphia's "Public Enemy Number One": Joe Kuharich by Mark A. Sullivan. A remembrance of a young Eagles fan attending a December 1968 game at Franklin Field where a despised coach wins a game against the Saints and loses out on the chance to draft Hall of Famer O. J. Simpson, all while a plane circles overhead with a banner reading "Joe Must Go." A brief biography of Kuharich is included along with the highs and lows of the Philadelphia franchise.


This month's Coffin Corner

September 29, 2018
Coffin Corner Vol. 40, No. 4
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PFRA-ternizing. by George Bozeka. The organizer for the 2018 convention recalls the highlights of the weekend in Buffalo, including the official release of The 1958 Baltimore Colts: Profiles of the NFL's First Sudden Death Champions, the second book in the PFRA series on Great Teams in Pro Football History. Photographs by Mark Palczewski illustrate the recap of this event.

The Class of 2018 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A short biography, highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the members in this year's Hall of Fame class: Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Brian Urlacher.

Jim Brown Dropped Six, Then Picked Up 110 by Brian Marshall. The story of how one of the greatest players in the NFL survived a pregame scare before the 1960 season finale against the Giants in Yankee Stadium and was still able to surpass the 100-yard mark, despite an injured ankle that plagued him throughout the year.

The AAFC vs. the NFL: The Attendance Myth by Kenn Tomasch. An examination of the popularity of the rival leagues from 1946 to 1949 and a detailed accounting of the attendance numbers from each year of the AAFC and the NFL, including those of every team from the two.


July 29, 2018
Buffalo Bills Gamebooks: 1960-2012
Available to Members Only


July 17, 2018
2018 PFRA Convention
Meeting Minutes and Photo Gallery Added to the Members Only Section.
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2020 Convention
June 18-21, 2020
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Canton, Ohio

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