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VOLUME 32 (2010) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

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The State of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. A discussion of the PFRA, where it stands and its future.

LC Greenwood: The Unofficial Super Bowl Sack King by Tod Maher. A biographical article on the Pittsburgh Steeler, making the argument that Greenwood has the record for the most sacks in a Super Bowl, even though it is not in the record books.

Hall of Very Good. The announcement of the Class of 2009.

Carlisle Indians vs. Massillon Tigers by Tom Benjey. A discussion of the November 15, 1905 game between the Carlisle Indians and Massillon Tigers.

Paul Maguire: The AFL's Coffin Corner Punter by Greg Tranter. A biographical article on the punter/linebacker, who played 11 years in the AFL and NFL.

The 1956 Green Bay Packers by John Collins. A summary of the 1956 season for the Green Bay Packers.

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Super Bowl Firsts by Tod Maher. A list of various Super Bowl Firsts, compiled from the official play-by-play accounts of Super Bowls I to XLIII.

2009 Player Deaths. A list of the players who passed away in 2009.

1930: Nagurski's Debut and Rockne's Lesson by PFRA Research. An in-depth look at the 1930 NFL season.

 

 

Number 2:

PFRA Football Publications Committee Update by Chris Willis. The committee chair lays out his vision for the new PFRA Football Publications Committee, including an overview of short-term and long-term goals.

Marcol's Miracle by Andrew Prein. A detailed look at the bizarre ending to the 1980 season opening game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

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Clarence 'Ace' Parker by Ken Crippen. A biographical article on the oldest living Pro Football Hall of Famer (at the time of the writing of the article).

An Inside Look at the Books of the PCFL by Joe Ziemba. The author digs deep into the records of the Pacific Coast Football League to reveal the accounting of this minor league.

George S. Halas Courage Award by John Turney. A list of all winners of this prestigious award, as well as a brief history of the honor.

Johnny Blood Takes a Cab by Tracy Thibeau. A look at the Christmas Eve 1933 incident involving one of the league's most eccentric players.

Remembering Eldridge Dickey: A Pioneer Before His Time by Lloyd M. Vance. A biographical article on the first black quarterback to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.

Johnny Bright by Brian Marshall. A look at the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame running Back.

Recent Books by PFRA Members.

USFL Rushing Yards by Joe Williams. A list of all players who played in both the NFL and USFL who gained more than 2,000 yards.

 

 

Number 3:

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1956 Detroit Lions by John Collins. A look at the Detroit Lions' 1956 season.

Hall of Fame Class of 2010 by Pro Football Hall of Fame. Biographies and statistics of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Running With The Pass by Dr. Greg Selber. Analysis of how the passing game has changed over the years.

Some Early Additions to 'When Did They Start?' by Mel Smith. An expansion on a previous article, detailing teams that started between 1882 and 1890.

1954 Sarnia Imperials by Brian Marshall. A look at the Sarnia Imperials' 1954 season.

Teammates with 150+ Yards Receiving In The Same Game by John W. Lesko. A listing of dual 150+yard games by receivers on the same team.

 

Number 4:

Clark Shaughnessy and the 1949 Los Angeles Rams by TJ Troup. A recap of the 1949 season for the Los Angeles Rams.

Podolak's Playoff Picasso by Joe Zagorski. A story about Kansas City Chiefs' running back Ed Podolak and the 1971 Divisional Playoff Game against the Miami Dolphins.

1983 Olympics in Green Bay by Andrew Prein. a detailing of the October 17, 1983 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins in which both teams combined to score 95 points.

History in the Present: Success Then Can Mean Success Now by Dave Bonchi. Coach Dave Bonchi goes into detail on the Wildcat formation.

PFRA Website Update by Ken Crippen. The executive director updates the membership on new additions to the PFRA website, including linescores, gamebooks, historical player draft, uniforms of past teams and player deaths.

Opportunity Seized: Muzzy Field and the Lost Game of the 1943 Green Bay Packers by Douglas S. Malan. A look at how the New London Diesels were able to schedule a game against the Green Bay Packers on November 28, 1943.

The Greatest Quarterback Draft Class - 1971 by Doug Bigelow. The author makes a case for the 1971 quarterback draft class being the greatest of all-time, over the Class of 1983.

The Merchants of Minerva by John Seaburn. A brief history of the Minerva Merchants, a semi-pro team from Ohio.

Research Notes by Joe Meeks. The author analyzes the 1933 rushing statistics, as well as the 1925 schedule of the New York Giants.

 

Number 5:

The Hall of Very Good by the Hall of Very Good Committee. The finalists for the Class of 2010 are announced.

The AFL's Top Ten Teams by Ed Gruver. One man's opinion as to who the top teams were in the American Football League.

The NFL's First Indoor Game by Simon Herrera. On January 9, 1921, the Rock Island Independents battled the Decatur Staleys...or was it the Chicago Pullman Thorns. You will have to read the article to find out.

Chile and Bud by Tracy Thibeau. The story of Charles F. "Chile" Walsh, Bud Yates and pro football in St. Louis.

2010 PFRA Meeting by Ken Crippen. The executive director updates the membership on the bi-annual organizational meeting.

The Big Mo: Does It Really Exist? by Jeff Eby. A statistical look at winning and momentum heading into the playoffs. Does it really matter whether you win games at the end of the season?

 

Number 6:

The 1969 Raiders-Cowboys Rookie Game by the Jay Zahn. A detailed account of the July 21, 1969 rookie game between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. This game marked the debut of Ken Stabler and Roger Staubach.

The 1967 Coastal Division Race: The Pit and the Pendulum by Bernard Brinker. Recounting the 1967 battle between the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams for the Coastal Division title in 1967.

Lost Games: The Chicago Cardinals by Joe Ziemba. A listing of the top ten "lost" games in Cardinals history.

On the Wrong Side of History by Matt Reaser. A look at milestone and record-breaking rushing performances against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Re-integration of Pro Football Through 1962 by Larry Lester. A listing of how each NFL and AAFC team re-integrated their franchise.

John Stofa: Not So Trivial After All by Bob Gill. A look at John Stofa's career.

 

VOLUME 33 (2011) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

The State of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. A discussion of the PFRA, where it stands and its future.

Hall of Very Good by Ken Crippen and the Hall of Very Good Committee. Biographies of the ten members of the Class of 2010.

The King by Martin Jacobs. A personal retrospective of San Francisco 49er great Hugh McElhenney.

Kuech by Drew Hall. A biographical article on Miami Dolphins all-pro guard Bob Kuechenberg.

Draft Wars: The Fight for Players Between the AFL and NFL by Glenn Cesa. A look at the battle for the top college players between the warring leagues.

Scoring at Home (And Every Other Way) by Dan Verdun. Five players have scored touchdowns by rushing, passing, receiving, returning punts and returning kicks.

Determining the Best Franchises in Pro Football History by Matt Reaser. A ranking of the best franchises in pro football history using criteria determined by the author.

 

Number 2:

2010 Player Deaths. A listing of all players that passed away in 2010.

The Kardiac Kids by George Bozeka. A detailed account of the 1980 Cleveland Browns.

Great Games of the 1970s: The Return of Broadway Joe by Joe Zagorski. An account of the November 28, 1971 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets.

A Case of Statistical Methodology by Greg Thomas. A look at scrambling quarterbacks and how their rushing statistics are calculated, or mis-calculated.

Why Joe Montana Needed Tampa Bay by Denis Crawford. A look at Joe Montana's milestone games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rule Changes: 1920-1932 by Tod Maher. A listing of rule changes from 1920 through 1932.

PFRA Forum by Ken Crippen. A listing of recent discussions on the PFRA Forum.

 

Number 3:

Hall of Fame Class of 2011 by Pro Football Hall of Fame. Biographies of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

Broadway Joe's 1967 Season by George Bozeka. A recap of the 1967 New York Jets' season.

Football Tour de France by Christian Joosten and Denis Crawford. The story of American football games played in France in December 1938.

Normalized Passer Rating by Rupert Patrick. The author's attempt to normalize the passer ratings of quarterbacks across eras.

Mel Renfro: "The Allegations Stop Here!" by Dr. Kristine Setting Clark. Mel Renfro has been blamed for the Dallas Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V. Here, Renfro tries to set the record straight.

 

Number 4:

Hall of Very Good by Hall of Very Good Committee. Biographies of the finalists for the Hall of Very Good Class of 2011.

The Cleveland Browns: Decade by Decade by Roger Gordon. A brief history of the Cleveland Browns from their beginning in 1946 through the end of the 2009 season.

1916: Almost a League? by Mark L. Ford. Some evidence of an attempt at a league in Ohio for the 1916 season.

It's Good to be the King by George Bozeka. A biographical article on James Sean Patrick "King" Corcoran.

NFL/WFL Players with 2,000 Career Rushing Yards by Joe Williams. A list of WFL rushers who have had at least 2,000 yards in their career between the NFL and WFL.

Hey, Hey, Tampa Bay by Denis Crawford. The story of the creation of the Buccaneers' song "Hey, Hey Tampa Bay the Bucs Know How to Shine!"

 

Number 5:

The Championship Is Back Where It Should Have Stayed by TJ Troup. A recap of the 1943 NFL season and the Chicago Bears' run for a third championship in four years.

Clem Neacy: All-Pro Guard, Boxer and Surgeon by Michael D. Benter. A biography of Milwaukee Badgers end Clem Neacy. He also spent time with the Chicago Bears, Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals.

Revisiting Super Bowl III by Bill Pepperell. The author's examination of New York Jets' safety Jim Hudson's quote on Weeb Ewbank's preparation for Super Bowl III.

An Interview With Joe Perry by Martin Jacobs. An interview with San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry.

First Small College Players Drafted by Tex Noel. A listing of the first small college player drafted each year, including the AFL.

 

Number 6:

1954 Sarnia Imperials by Brian Marshall. A continuation of the author's article detailing the 1954 season of the Sarnia Imperials. Lineups and scoring are included.

Defensive All-Pros: 1938-1940 by John Hogrogian. A detailed look at defensive all-pros from 1938 through 1940.

Chris Hanburger by Mike Richman. A biographical article on one of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's most recent inductees.

The 1982 Make-Up Games by Denis Crawford. A look at how the league rescheduled games after the 57-day work stoppage.

Doubles by TJ Troup. A chronological list of all players who have caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass in the same game.

AAFtermath by Mark L. Ford. A look at how players dispersed when the All-America Football Conference merged into the National Football League.

 

VOLUME 34 (2012) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

The State of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. An annual report from the executive director on the PFRA's present status and future goals.

Hall of Very Good by the Hall of Very Good Committee. Mini-biographies of the nine members of the Class of 2011.

Johnny Unitas’s 47-Game Touchdown Streak by Chris Willis. A look back at one of the most remarkable streaks in sports history and the unlikely team that stopped it.

Winner Take All by Mark L. Ford. A discussion of final regular season games between two teams with a single playoff spot on the line.

2,000 Combined Yards by Brian Marshall. A review of the players  who have broken the 2,000-yard barrier in rushing and receiving yards.

2,000 Net Yards by Ken Pullis. A short introduction and statistical list of all the players (AAFC/AFL/NFL) who have gained more than 2,000 all-purpose yards.

 

Number 2:

PFRA-ternizing. A deadline reminder for Hall of Very Good nominations, information on a Members Only exclusive and a report from the vice-president on PFRA membership numbers and statistics.

Turning Points by Bert Gambini. An amusing account of the 1966 AFL Championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, a game which marked a downturn in the fortune of the Bills franchise in the league’s final years.

Pete Rozelle and the Kennedy Assassination by George Bozeka. An examination of the NFL commissioner’s controversial decision to play a full slate of games less than 48 hours after the president had been assassinated.

When the Florists Ran Wild by Joseph S. Page. Part one of a three-part series on a football team in Nashville, sponsored by a local florist, that went on to win the unofficial amateur national championship in 1927.

Wanted: NFL QB for Contender by Lee Elder. The story of ex-Rams quarterbacks of the late 1950s and early 1960s and the success they enjoyed with other teams in the league after leaving Los Angeles.

2011 Player Deaths. A list of the professional football players who died last year including information on the team(s) they played for, the date and location of their death and their age when they passed away.

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing. A listing of proposed amendments and revisions to the Association’s bylaws. (An official PFRA ballot is included on this page.)

 

The Class of 2012 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the six members in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

 

Sam’s Streak by Brian Marshall. An account of Sam Etcheverry’s 34-game touchdown pass streak in the CFL from 1954–56 and a statistical comparison to Unitas’ streak of 47 games in the NFL.

 

Rating the Rushers by Ken Crippen. A new system for rating the performance of running backs in the NFL, including methods to normalize the rating for running backs from different eras, rate teams in rushing (both offensively and defensively) and factor in the receiving aspect of the modern running back.

 

The Futility Bowl by Jay Zahn. A humorous look back at NFL games played between uncommonly bad teams. Winless teams, one-win teams or teams with long losing streaks meet in late-season games...with absolutely nothing on the line, except for a possible top draft pick. Speaking of...

 

The Chosen Few: Colleges in the NFL Draft. A listing of the top 25 FBS colleges and top five small colleges that have had players selected in the first round of the NFL draft, including players taken during the Common Draft.

 

Number 4:

PFRA-ternizing by Ken Crippen. A report from the executive director on the recent PFRA meeting at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, including photographs of the venue and the meeting taken by Mark Palczewski.

 

Official 2012 Hall of Very Good Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 1, 2012.)

 

Quarterback Sack Statistics by Pete Palmer. A statistical look at sacks and sack yards against quarterbacks going back to 1947, incorporating new data available from the NFL and including AFL quarterbacks.

 

Hugh Culverhouse: A Shakespearean Tale by Denis M. Crawford. Adapted from a presentation at the 2012 PFRA meeting, this is a story of greed, power and revenge that is, like the Bard's greatest works, based on an historical figure—in this case, the original owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

The Life of a Kicker by Michael Husted. A former pro's perspective on the missed field goal attempt by Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff that ended the 2012 AFC Championship Game and the Ravens hopes of a Super Bowl.

 

Pro Football’s Missing Link by John M. Spano. The story of an 1890 football game between two gentlemen’s clubs in Philadelphia and the sterling silver cup they played for—possibly the oldest football trophy of any kind.

 

When the Florists Ran Wild by Joseph S. Page. Part Two of a three-part series covers a Nashville football team’s 1928 season and the unsuccessful defense of its amateur national championship.

 

Number 5:

PFRA-ternizing. Words of congratulations on Ken Crippen’s 2012 Dick Connor Writing Award, an explanation of endnote usage in articles and a brief memorial to Steve Sabol.

 

The Otto Graham Myth and the Evolution of the Face Mask  by Bert Gambini. An historical survey of face masks in the open helmet-era before the famous 1953 incident involving Ottto Graham.

 

“You Ready, Honey?” Breaking Pro Football’s Gender Barrier by William J. Ryczek. The Pat Palinkas story, she of the Orlando Panthers and the first woman to play in a professional football game.

 

“Beat the Hell Out of Them” The Chiefs-Raiders Rivalry, 1968–1971 by Bernard Brinker. A narrative of the games and players involved at the beginning of this fierce football rivalry during the transition from the AFL to the NFL.

 

Cutting Off Your Nose Tackle to Spite Your Face by Mark Speck. A look back the WFL's practice of signing NFL players to "future contracts", the different teams varying responses to this practice and its contribution to the demise of the WFL.

 

Number 6:

PFRA-ternizing. A year-end membership renewal reminder and updates from the Hall of Very Good and Oral History committees.

Remembering Duke Slater by Neal Rozendaal. A recollection of one of the early greats of the NFL and perhaps the greatest of pro football’s pioneering African American players. 

Ranking the NFL Head Coaches by John Maxymuk. A ranking system for head coaches in the championship-era (post-1932) of the NFL, AAFC and AFL, including such factors as both regular season and postseason performance, playoff winning percentage and titles won.

The Ties That Bound by Mark L. Ford. A brief history of tie games in professional football and the “what-if” scenarios involved. Example games are from the early days of the APFA on up to and beyond 1974, when the overtime period was instituted in the NFL.

When the Florists Ran Wild by Joseph S. Page. The final part of a three-part series on a semi-pro team in Nashville whose season ends abruptly in 1929 after several memorable years in Tennessee.

 

VOLUME 35 (2013) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

The State of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. An annual report from the executive director on the PFRA's present status and future goals.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2012. Mini-biographies of the nine members of the Class of 2012.

The 2011 PFRA Award Winners. An announcement of the winners of the Ralph Hay, Nelson Ross and Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Awards for 2011.

The AFL's Farm Team in Denver by Mark Speck. A humorous history of the Denver Broncos of the 1960s and the stable of quality players they supplied to other AFL teams.

George Saimes, Star Safety by Greg Tranter. A look back at the Buffalo Bills defender, arguably one of the best safeties in the history of the AFL.

Sages of the Sixties by Tracy Thibeau. An analytical article that reviews the predictions of the major preseason pro football publications of the 1960s and charts their success (or lack thereof).

Killinger Was Here? by Michael D. Benter. The curious case of former college star Glen Killinger and the 1924 incident where he was promoted to appear and to have allegedly have played in an NFL game, only to have never even been in the league that year.

 

Number 2:

PFRA-ternizing. An updated schedule for the remaining issues of the Coffin Corner of the year and a report from the vice-president on membership renewals and totals.

Official Hall of Very Good Class of 2013 Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is May 31, 2013.)

Johnny Blood the Boxer by Ralph Hickok. The story of the brief boxing career of the unpredictable John Victor "Blood" McNally, based on interviews conducted with McNally and his trainer by the author in 1973.

Five Open Questions in NFLCoaching History by John Maxymuk. Five coaching cold cases from the early days of the NFL featuring short-tenured player-coaches, siblings with similar (or the same) names, and teams that lasted only a few games.

Papergate and the Demise of the WFL by Denis M. Crawford. A ticket and tax scandal dubbed "Papergate" that hurt the credibility of the new World Football League and led to the resignation of a team president on the same day President Nixon announced he was leaving office.

Longshots: Division III Players in the NFL by Doug Bigelow. Based on first-person interviews by the author, these are inspiring and unlikely stories of small-college players who beat the longest of odds and made it to the highest level of professional football.

2012 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.

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing. An apology (of sorts) from the editor on the lateness of the current issue.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2013. Mini-biographies of the nine members of the Class of 2013 and a list of past enshrinees back to the inaugural class.

Rushing to Judgment: Recovering Jim Brown’s Lost Yardage in 1962 by Brian Marshall. The argument is made that Jim Brown in fact broke the 1,000-yard barrier in 1962 after evidence is presented from play-by-play reports of five disputed games from that season.

Trading Away the Future: Kemp and Lamonica by Bert Gambini. A tale of two teams (the Bills and the Raiders) and the reversal of fortune they experienced after Buffalo held on to Jack Kemp and traded Daryle Lamonica to Oakland in the waning days of the AFL.

Long Time, No See: Rare Meetings in the NFL by Ivan Urena. An analysis of the different scheduling formulas used by the NFL before realignment in 2002, that led to such quirks as teams from the same conference going nearly a generation without meeting on the field.

 

Number 4:

2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival: A Photo Essay by Mark Palczewski. Photographs from the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton by the newly-named official photographer of the PFRA.

PFRA-ternizing. An announcement on the formation of local chapters of the national PFRA and an official ballot for the four elective offices of the group. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2013.)

The Class of 2013 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the seven members in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

A Kick for the Ages by Ed Gruver. A look back at Pat Summerall's game-winning field goal against the Cleveland Browns in a blinding snowstorm on the last day of the 1958 regular season—a victory that would ultimately propel the New York Giants on to the "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

Correcting the Coaching Record by John Maxymuk. An attempt to set the record straight in six standard references from both print and online sources on head coaching omissions and the misallocations of wins and losses in the early NFL and AAFC.

The Inner Circle by Roger Gordon. The story of head coach Sam Rutigliano and the substance abuse support group he created to combat drug and alcohol addiction among players in the early 1980s. Though the program no longer exists within the Browns organization, the effort lives on in Coach Sam's Inner Circle Foundation, a non-profit that works with disadvantaged children in inner-city Cleveland.

 

Number 5:

PFRA-ternizing. An announcement on the resignation of Ken Crippen as executive director, an update on the 2014 PFRA meeting hosted by the Cleveland Browns and a survey asking members to rate the Coffin Corner and suggestions for its improvement.

The Noblest Eagle: Remembering Steve Van Buren by George Bozeka. A football biography and eulogy for one of the greatest Philadelphia Eagles players of all time, who passed away in August of 2012.

Big-Time Football in Small Town America by Andrew McKillop. An engaging look at the some of the geographic (and demographic) oddities associated with small town teams of the early league and the some of the smaller municipalities that have hosted NFL games.

A Nose for the End Zone: Indexing the Game's Most Efficient Scorers by Michael Peters. An analysis of NFL players who scored touchdowns at rates that far outstripped rate of "touches" or ball-handling opportunities.

2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival: Photo Essay, Part 2 by Mark Palczewski. Photographs from the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton by the official photographer of the PFRA.

 

Number 6:

PFRA-ternizing. The results of the 2013 PFRA elections, the resignation of president Tod Maher, an announcement on the formation of the Education Committee and the 2012 PFRA award winners.

Super Bowl V and the End of the AFL by Bert Gambini. An argument for Super Bowl V, which pitted the Baltimore Colts against the Dallas Cowboys, serving as the unofficial end of the American Football League after its merger with the NFL.

Fill the Air or Pound the Ground: The Run-Pass Ratios of Head Coaches by John Maxymuk. A comparison and analysis of the run/pass ratios of head coaches and league averages from the NFL (81 seasons), AFL (10 seasons) and AAFC (four seasons).

Culp-Ability: Curly Culp Gets the Call from Canton by Ed Gruver. A remembrance of the stellar football career of defensive lineman Curley Culp, voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2012.

Roughing It on the Road: Bad Weather Games Away from Lambeau by Michael D. Benter. A description of five memorable games played by the Green Bay Packers in which the inclement weather was the story -- and they weren't at Lambeau Field.

 

VOLUME 36 (2014) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame Tribute (Photo Essay) - Mark Palczewski. The PFRA's official photographer was on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium last fall as members of the Bills' Wall of Fame were honored.

PFRA-ternizing - Chris Willis. The new executive director of the PFRA delivers his annual report to the members and looks ahead to the new year.

2014 PFRA Meeting - George Bozeka. This year's meeting organizer fills us in on the events scheduled for the biennial get-together in Cleveland on June 6-7.

Belichick & Bernie in Cleveland - Roger Gordon. A tale of a difficult relationship between a declining hero of Ohio and an ambitious young coach in his first head coaching gig.

A Brief History of Sacks - Nick Webster. An analysis of pass rushers from 1982 up to 2011, that includes a formula and data to compare defensive players who played at different times in the official sack era.

Fit to be Tied - Dr. David B. Pushkin. A response to Mark L. Ford's article entitled The Ties that Bound in which it is argued that the NFL should return to the pre-1973 rules regarding overtime.

 

Number 2:

PFRA-ternizing. An updated itinerary for the 2014 PFRA meeting schedule in Cleveland and the official announcement of the 2013 PFRA award winners.

Knowing the Score: Coaches Ranked by Points Scored and Allowed by John Maxymuk. An analysis of pro football head coaches based on their team's offensive and defensive output in terms of points scored and allowed and margins of victory.

The Roy Curry Story by Seth Schwartz. A look back at the life and career of African American player Roy Curry, one of the more interesting "what ifs" of the NFL, drafted by the Steelers in 1963 as a wide receiver through he was an outstanding college quarterback.

Earl Morrall and a Tale of Two Super Bowls by Bert Gambini. The story of the similar situations faced by Earl Morrall and his coach, Hall of Famer Don Shula, in the run-up to two different Super Bowls.

2013 Player Deaths. A list of the professional football players who died last year including information on the team(s) they played for, the date and location of their death and the age when they passed away.

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing by George Bozeka. The organizer for this year’s biennial meeting covers the highlights of the weekend in Cleveland including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Browns’ 1964 NFL championship. Photographs by Mark Palczewski illustrate this chronicle of the event.

The Class of 2014 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the seven members in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

High Fives: A Comparison of Five Single-Season Passing Performances by Brian Marshall. An analysis of the record =-breaking seasons of five quarterbacks—Sam Etcheverry, Warren Moon, Dan Marino and Doug Flutie—from both the CFL and the NFL and their statistical significance.

World Class: Paul Warfield by Roger Gordon. A look back at the football life of the Hall of Fame wide receiver, including interviews with Warfield and a recounting of his life and work after finishing his playing career.

 

Number 4:

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Photo Essay by Mark Palczewski. Photographs from the Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio by the official photographer of the PFRA.

PFRA-ternizing. A notice to the members on a special board of directors meeting, an update on the new webmaster and plans for the new PFRA website, a reminder for the Hall of Very Good balloting and a message to members on the need for contributions to The Coffin Corner.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2014 Ballot. The official ballot for the Hall of Very Good's Class of 2014. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2014.)

The Defeat Factor: All-Around Defensive Prowess and J.J. Watt's 2012 Season by Nick Webster. An analysis of the defensive end's extraordinary sophomore season in the NFL and the creation of the Defeat Factor statistic (the harmonic mean of sacks and stuffs) to measure a defender's ability to make game-impacting negative plays.

Mr. Brooks Goes to Canton by Denis M. Crawford. An appreciation of the newly inducted Hall of Famer and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks, including an inside look at Hall of Fame weekend by the author while he served as a volunteer.

The 2014 PFRA Bookshelf by John Maxymuk. A bibliography of books on professional football published (or scheduled to be published) in 2014, including highlighted titles by PFRA members.


Number 5:

PFRA-ternizing. A notice on the permanent change to the Coffin Corner’s masthead honoring Bob Carroll as the founder of the PFRA and a reminder for renewing memberships for next year.

The 1970 Snow Bowl: The Firebirds Nail Down the ACFL Title by William J. Ryczek. An excerpt from the Ryczek’s Connecticut Gridiron: Football Minor Leaguers of the 1960s and 1970s recounting the Atlantic Coast Football League championship game between the Pennsylvania Firebirds and the Hartford Knights and the wintry conditions the players and fans faced.

The Baron of Philadelphia: Eagles Receiving Great Pete Retzlaff by Bert Gambini. A history of the football career of Pete Retzlaff, who played multiple positions for the Eagles from 1956 to 1966 and wound up being one of the first of a new breed of modern tight ends in the NFL.

After Football for Kevin Fagan by Richard Burton. A look at the post-NFL career of former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kevin Fagan, who is now the head women’s softball coach at the College of Central Florida.

Roman Gabriel: A Career in Three Acts by John Turney. A detailed recounting of the three distinct parts to the NFL career of quarterback Roman Gabriel, elected to the PFRA’s Hall of Very Good in the Class of 2013.


Number 6:

PFRA-ternizing. A special message from the PFRA’s president on the results from the December 5 board of directors meeting and, from the vice-president, and an update on our membership numbers, including a map showing the PFRA's presence in 36 states and Canada.

It's a Gamble: Drafting Quarterbacks in Round One by Jared Kraus. From Terry Bradshaw to Teddy Bridgewater, a 45-year look at the risks inherent with picking pass throwers in the first round of the NFL Draft and the hidden gems such as Tom Brady found in later rounds.

The First NFL Championship: Portsmouth vs. Brooklyn? by Joshua M. Anderson. The final standings for 1933 don't tell the full story of the first title game. With three weeks left to play in the regular season, the Spartans (at .750) and Dodgers (at .800) both led their divisions, ahead of the Bears (.714) and the Giants (.700), respectively. The streaks that followed made all the difference and made NFL history.

World Bowl I... and Only by Mark Speck. (Coffin Corner Classic). The first in a new series of articles looking back at Coffin Corner history, where a relevant article from the publication’s last century gets a new look for this century. In this case, it’s the story of the one and only championship game for the World Football League, played 40 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama.



VOLUME 37 (2015) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

PFRA-ternizing A wrap-up of the PFRA meeting in Cleveland, a discussion on the PFRA website and the announcement of PFRA elections.

2014 PFRA Award Winners. The announcement of the winners of the PFRA Ralph Hay Award, the PFRA Nelson Ross Award and the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award.

Hall of Very Good Class of 2014. The announcement of the PFRA's Hall of Very Good Class of 2014.

Lavvie Dilweg: The Best End We Ever Forgot - Bob Carroll. (Coffin Corner Classic) A biography of the Packers end of the 1920s and 1930s.

Playing (Back) The Percentages - Mark L. Ford. The first part of an entertaining look at teams' win-loss records by season (or winning percentages).

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Tracy Thibeau. A biography of the Kansas City Chiefs' great quarterback.

 

Number 2:

PFRA-ternizing. An update on membership count for the PFRA, numbers on the official PFRA Twitter feed and a recap of a local chapter meeting in Southern California from PFRA Secretary Lee Elder.

The Oswego Shakespeares and the Disputed 1915 Title by Doug Bigelow. A recounting of the 1915 season for the pro team from Oswego, New York and its claim to the title over the Fulton Nondescripts for the league located in northern and central part of the state.

Hunt Buys Cardinals, Moves Team to Dallas by Mark Speck. An amusing “what-if” story tracing the possible implications if the NFL had allowed Lamar Hunt to purchase the Chicago Cardinals franchise before he started the rival AFL.

Remembering Malcom Glazer by Denis Crawford, illustrated by Jared Kraus. A short tribute to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner who passed away last May.

2014 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.

Playing (Back) the Percentages: Part Two by Mark L. Ford. The second part of an entertaining look at teams' win-loss records by season (or winning percentages) covers the teams under .500 and contains, not surprisingly nearly every defunct franchise in the NFL. Losers? Definitely. Lovable? Well, you be the judge.

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing Updates on the PFRA elections for this year, the Hall of Very Good finalists for 2015 (including an official HOVG ballot) and the PFRA’s biennial meeting in Green Bay next year.

Red Grange and the First USFL by Ken Crippen. A summary of the (mostly) unsuccessful rival leagues that sprang up at the end of World War II to compete with the NFL with a focus on the short-lived United States Football League and its short-termed president, Red Grange, including transcripts of a memo and letter from USFL officials.

Split Personality Teams and Schedule Strength by Jeffrey Eby. An examination of NFL teams since the 1970 merger that exhibited “split personalities”—that is, good teams that lost to bad teams and vice versa, or middle-of-the-road teams with upset wins and losses. An analysis of strength of schedule, strength of victories (and defeats) and a new Split Personality Rating are included.

The Last Stand of the Duluth Eskimos by Michael Moran. A window into the dying days of the NFL’s Duluth franchise through two key historical documents—a 1927 contract with the Chicago Bears for their final game and a 1929 letter on Ernie Nevers’ Eskimos stationary asking Johnny “Blood” McNally to sign a contract in the hopes of keeping the club alive.

The 1973 NFC Championship: Memories, Miscues and Missteps by David Neal. A nostalgic look back by the author, in attendance as a young teen, at the conference championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys that featured a mistake-filled, if not hard-fought, second half with an incredible ten turnovers.

 

Number 4:

PFRA-ternizing Detailed information on the upcoming 2016 PFRA meeting in Green Bay including cost and hotel information.

Official PFRA Elections Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2015.)

The Class of 2015 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the eight members in this year’s Hall of Fame class—Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tinglehoff and Ron Wolf.

From Hollywood, It's the Los Angeles Rams! by Mark L. Ford. No other NFL team launched more acting careers than the Los Angeles Rams. A look back from 1946 to 1979, when the team played only ten miles from Hollywood and Vine, and players supplemented their salaries as guests on TV shows and in movies.

Running (and Passing) to Extremes: The Weather and Pro Football by Mark Wald. An analysis of the problems with historical data of pro football games and and a presentation of the research to correct the record. The author includes charts listing the coldest (both by air temperature and wind chill), hottest and windiest games on record and the number of outdoor games with significant rain or snow.

 

Number 5:

PFRA-ternizing A reminder on the PFRA elections and the Hall of Very Good balloting (both deadlines are October 31), an update on the PFRA book about the 1966 champion Green Bay Packers and a report on a 1920s-era pro football game featuring a tribute to the Rock Island Independents organized by PFRA member Simon Herrera.

A Bright New Look or the Same Old Game? by Mark Speck. A comparison of offensive and special teams numbers between the more established National Football League and the upstart World Football League from 1973 (the year before the WFL started) to 1975 (the year the league folded).

An Alternate World (Football League) by Mark L. Ford. An amusing “what if” tale that imagines how pro football history might have changed had the financially troubled WFL been able to stay solvent past 1975 and the weird, but strangely familiar, events that may have occurred through the rest of the decade and into the 1980s.

“O Canada”: Johnny Bassett’s Coup by Denis M. Crawford. An account, chronicled with first-person interviews, of one of the founding owners of the WFL who lured three Miami Dolphins—Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick—up north to join the WFL in Toronto (then south to Memphis) in an effort to help jumpstart interest in the fledging WFL. His efforts, while initially successful, ultimately failed, as did the league itself.

 

Number 6:

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Essay by Mark Palczewski. Photographs from this year’s Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio by the official photographer of the PFRA.

PFRA-ternizing The results of the elections to the PFRA’s offices, a reminder to renew annual memberships and an update on the 1966 Green Bay Packers book being prepared for next year’s meeting, including a sneak peek at the cover.

Coffin Corner Extra Point A new feature of the magazine that highlights the short-form research of our members. This installment is a brief look at the football career of former St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Tim Van Galder and the long wait he endured before actually starting.

The Ten Greatest Games Never Played: Part II by Ed Gruver. An entertaining look (continuing a 2002 article in Volume 24, Number 1) at the potential epic clashes between dominant teams in football history that might have occurred were it not for a simple twist of fate.

The Norse Nightmare: A Biography and Interview of Gary Larsen by Matt Reaser. An up-to-date profile of the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle, a feared member of the team’s famed Purple People Eaters defense from the 1960s and 1970s.

PFRA Bookshelf: 2015 Edition by John Maxymuk. A bibliography of books on professional football (with a few notable exceptions) published or scheduled to be published in 2015, including highlighted titles by PFRA members.

 



VOLUME 38 (2011) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

PFRA-ternizing The executive director gives his state of the PFRA address and looks ahead to 2016, including his thanks to the officers and management team of the PFRA. The 2015 PFRA award winners are also announced with Jack Clary as the Ralph Hay winner, Ted Kluck for the Nelson Ross and Doug Bigelow winning the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2015 by Ken Crippen, Matthew Keddie, Jeff Miller and Andy Piascik, with illustrations by John Richards. Mini-biographies of last year’s class including Alan Ameche, Rick Casares, Bill Forester, Rich Jackson, Chuck Knox, Ted Nesser and Gene Washington.

Then and Now: The Demographics of the NFL in 1941 and Today by Kenn Tomasch. A comparative study between the population of NFL players from just before World War II to the players from the 2014 season, including statistics such as age, body size, college attendance and geographic factors.

The Hollywood Rams, Part II: The Sequel by Mark L. Ford. The author revisits his previous article on the film and TV careers of Hollywood’s closest NFL team and presents his all-star lineup of the greatest entertainers and players for the Rams franchise while they were in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1979.

 

Number 2:

2015 Buffalo Bills Alumni Celebration Photo Essay by Mark Palczewski. The official photographer for the PFRA captures in words and pictures the alumni event last fall that featured a reunion of 1964–65 Buffalo Bills teammates, winners of back-to-back AFL titles.

PFRA-ternizing An announcement on the second book in the PFRA’s Greatest Teams in Pro Football History series featuring the 1958 NFL champion Baltimore Colts and a call for writers and editors to help on the project. There is also an update on the 2016 Green Bay meeting itinerary including a list of speakers that features two members of the 1966 Packers team that won the first Super Bowl.

Passion for the Game: Women’s Football in the Twenty-First Century by Neal Rozendaal. This brief history of women’s professional football since 1999 looks at the explosion of leagues that took place in the early part of this century, the gradual winnowing process that has occurred since then and the rise and dominance of three leagues—the WFA, the IWFL and the WSFL—today.

The Remarkable Hayseed Stephens by William J. Ryczek. A short biography of Harold “Hayseed” Stephens, who played football for Sammy Baugh in college at Hardin–Simmons and went on to play briefly in the AFL for the New York Titans. His post-playing career included work as a boom-or-bust oil driller, an enthusiastic evangelist and, finally, as a questionable investor.

2015 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.

Remembering Chuck Bednarik: Better Than the Best by Jared Kraus. A look back at the Philadelphia Eagles triumph in the 1960 NFL Championship Game and the heroic role played by the aging Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, the last of the league’s “Sixty-Minute Men.”

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing. A report from PFRA member Jeff Miller on the recent Western New York chapter meeting and an announcement on member Greg Tranter’s donation of his large personal collection of Bills memorabilia to the Buffalo History Museum.

Official 2016 Hall of Very Good Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2016.)

The 1901 Philadelphia Quakers by Ken Crippen. A summary of the first (and last) season of the first all-professional football team in Philadelphia. The story of this club, captained by “Blondy” Wallace, includes box scores, rosters and scoring from each game that year as well as season statistics.

No-Touchdown Games by John W. Lesko. An examination of the rare occurrence of games from three leagues (APFA/NFL, AAFC and AFL) where no touchdown was scored. The various reasons why this happened is covered and stories from select games are included along with a complete list of the 269 touchdown-free contests.

Passing Thoughts: Clarifying History and the Philosophy of the Forward Pass by Bert Gambini. Five games in NFL history have been played without one team attempting a pass — or is it four? The author looks at all the matchups on this very short list and uncovers evidence that one of the games (Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Rams, September 10, 1937) may not belong on the list at all.

 

Number 4:

PFRA-ternizing. by George Bozeka. The organizer for the 2016 meeting covers the highlights of the weekend at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, including the release of The 1966 Green Bay Packers, the first book in the PFRA’s Great Teams in Pro Football History series. Photographs by Mark Palczewski illustrate the recap of this event.

The Class of 2016 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A short biography, highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the eight members in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

Panning for Gold: The 49ers’ First Win in the NFL Playoffs by Joe Zagorski. A look back at the victory by MVP quarterback John Brodie and San Francisco over the Minnesota Vikings’ Purple Gang in the 1970 NFC divisional round to clinch the franchise’s first postseason win in league history.

The Boz Knows: In Defense of Brian Bosworth’s Performance in Week 11, 1987 (and to Some Degree His Entire Pro Career) by Ted Kluck. The author watches videotape of the famous Monday night clash he saw as an eleven-year-old between the controversial Seahawks linebacker and the phenomenal Bo Jackson, running back for the Raiders, now with an eye towards history.

 

Number 5:

The Rams’ First Move to Los Angeles by James C. Sulecki. Adapted from a newly published book, this is the story of the Cleveland Rams’ journey to the West Coast exactly 70 years ago and the intense negotiations required to gain permission to play in the city’s famed Memorial Coliseum.

The Rams All–Career-Year Team by John Turney. The best individual seasons by position in the history of the Rams organization as selected by the online Pro Football Journal and covering the years in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis. The list includes first- and second-team players on offense, defense and special teams.

Decline and Fall of the ’69 Rams: “Personality Conflict” by Bert Gambini. A behind-the-scenes look at the 1969 Rams, who experienced 11 straight wins followed by four straight defeats and the fractious relationship between owner Dan Reeves and head coach George Allen.

How the West Was Won: Rams vs. Vikings in the 1969 NFL Western Title Game by Ed Gruver. A retelling of the Western Conference playoff that pitted a rollercoaster Rams squad against a tough Vikings team on a bitterly cold December day in Minnesota. L.A. would end its season in disappointing defeat while Minnesota would go on to represent the NFL in the last Super Bowl before the merger.

 

Number 6:

2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Essay by Mark Palczewski. Photographs from this year’s Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio by the official photographer of the PFRA.

The Gridiron Greats from Goodyear by Lee Elder. A short history of the factory teams formed by employees of the Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with an emphasis on the Goodyear Silents, a team comprised primarily of deaf workers who achieved remarkable success on the football field.

Worst. Game. Ever. by Greg Tranter. A not-so-fond look back at one of the worst-played contests in the three-week stretch of replacement games in October of 1987 during the NFLPA strike that pitted the hapless New York Giants against the inept Buffalo Bills, a team so bad they were christened “Counterfeit."

The Odd Couple and Football by David Krell. Rewind back to that ’70s show with this recollection of the football players and personalities who appeared with Felix and Oscar on the popular sitcom—celebrities such as Howard Cosell, Alex Karras, Deacon Jones and Bubba Smith.

2016 PFRA Bookshelf by John Maxymuk. A bibliography of books on professional football (with a few notable exceptions) published or scheduled to be published in 2016, including highlighted titles by PFRA members.

 



VOLUME 39 (2011) Available in the Members Only Section

Number 1:

PFRA-ternizing The executive director gives his state of the PFRA address, listing the accomplishments of the organization for last year and looking ahead to the future, including the announcement of the site for the biennial meeting in 2018.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2016 by Matthew Keddie, Andy Piascik, Matt Reaser and John Turney, with illustrations by John Richards. Mini-biographies of last year’s class are included for Gary Collins, Gale Gillingham, Jim Katcavage, Joe Klecko, Harvey Martin, Don Perkins, Duane Putnam, Isiah Robertson and Louis Wright.

2016 PFRA Awards The winners are officially announced with Mark L. Ford receiving the Ralph Hay Award for lifetime achievement, James C. Sulecki as the recipient of the Nelson Ross Award for his book The Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champs Who Left Too Soon, 1936–1945 and Kenn Tomasch winning the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award for his article “Then and Now: The Demographics of the NFL in 1941 and Today.”

Super Spreads: A Brief History of Point Spreads in the Super Bowl by Mark L. Ford. A quick introduction to the types of wagering in pro football and a recounting of the betting lines for each of the first fifty championships during the Super Bowl era, including a table of point spreads and final results from Super Bowl I to Super Bowl 50.

1,441–1: Measuring Football Futility by Doug Bigelow. The sad tale of one of the most hapless teams in NFL history—the Chicago Cardinals of the early to mid-forties, who went through most of World War II, or 1,441 calendar days, with only a single victory.

Sentimental Journey: In Search of Walter Koppisch by Jeffrey J. Miller. A nostalgic trip back to western New York with a niece and other relatives of former Buffalo Bison Walter Koppisch to the neighborhood and school of the early NFL player, including a visit with Sam “Smoke” Dana, the oldest living player at the time.

 

Number 2:

PFRA-ternizing. The official naming of Buffalo, New York as the location for the organization’s 2018 convention, a preview of the second annual meeting of the PFRA’s Western New York chapter and the announcement of a new book, The All-America Football Conference: Players, Coaches, Records, Games and Awards, 1946–1949, coming this fall from PFRA Publications.

Who Was Really the NFL’s First 1,000-Yard Rusher? The Case for Tex Hamer by John Wilke. An exploration of the Frankford fullback’s 1924 season and the possibility that he ran past the thousand-yard barrier that year. Newspaper accounts of the Yellow Jackets games are used to fill in gaps in the statistical record as well as extrapolations from the unofficial statistics compiled in the The Football Encyclopedia.

A Brief History of Developmental Football Leagues by Randy Snow. A review of some of the more well-known recent developmental leagues—NFL Europe (under its various monikers), arenafootball2, the United Football League, the Fall Experimental Football League, the Gridiron Developmental Football League and the National Arena League—as well as an argument and model for a possible future NFL D-league.

2016 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.

The Bonus Selection System in the NFL Draft, 1947–1958 by John Maxymuk. A short overview of the twelve-year history of the bonus pick in the draft including the reasons for its existence, a table of each player selected with the pick along with other notable players in that year, the order of teams being awarded the bonus and the system’s eventual demise.

 

Number 3:

PFRA-ternizing. A report on the PFRA’s Western New York second annual chapter meeting in Hamburg, New York that included a talk by former Buffalo Bills defensive back Jeff Nixon.

Official 2017 Hall of Very Good Ballot. Note that the deadline for voting is October 31, 2017.

Tom Dempsey and the Record Kick That Almost Didn’t Happen by Neal Golden. A look back at one of the most famous field goals in NFL history and the unlikely events that led up to the kick, through the eyes of a New Orleans writer.

A Pair of Bears: Two Chicago Running Backs and Their Record-Setting Days by Bryan Dietzeler. A twin tale of Bears rushers—Gale Sayers and Walter Payton—and the separate dates they both made pro football history.

Futebol Americano: American Football in Brazil by Alan Santiago. An introduction and short history of the gridiron game in the South American country, including a look at the game's status today with an examination of the highest level of football in Brazil and a list of champions from the top two divisions.

 

Number 4:

PFRA-ternizing. An announcement on next year's national PFRA convention in Buffalo including details on the official hotel and featured speakers in attendance.

Official PFRA Elections Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2017.)

The Class of 2017 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the seven members in this year’s Hall of Fame class—Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner.

Monday Night Miracle in Massachusetts: The Incredible Colts Comeback in 1978 by Joe Zagorski. A look back at one of the more thrilling games of the decade when a moribund Baltimore team caught fire in the fourth quarter and upset the New England Patriots, the eventual AFC Eastern Division champion that year.

In Fond Memoriam: The Run-and-Shoot Offense by Ted Kluck. A brief introduction and history of the wide open run-and-shoot offense including it's adoption by the USFL’s Houston Gamblers and the NFL’s Houston Oilers and speculation on its return.

 



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