VOLUME 32 (2010)
in the Members Only Section
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
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
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.
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
by PFRA Research. An in-depth look at the 1930 NFL season.
PFRA Football Publications Committee
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
The Re-integration of Pro Football
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
VOLUME 33 (2011)
in the Members Only Section
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
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
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,
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.
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
Mel Renfro: "The Allegations Stop
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.
Hall of Very Good by Hall of Very Good Committee. Biographies
of the finalists for the Hall of Very Good Class of
The Cleveland Browns: Decade by Decade
Roger Gordon. A brief history of the Cleveland Browns
from their beginning in 1946 through the end of the
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
Joe Williams. A list of WFL rushers who have had at
least 2,000 yards in their career between the NFL and
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!"
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
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
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
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)
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The State of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. An annual report from the
executive director on the PFRA's present status and
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
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
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
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
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.
listing of proposed amendments and revisions to the
Association’s bylaws. (An official PFRA ballot is included
on this page.)
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.
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.
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
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...
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
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.
2012 Hall of Very Good Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting
is October 1, 2012.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
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
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
When the Florists Ran
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)
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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.
announcement of the winners of the Ralph Hay, Nelson
Ross and Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Awards for 2011.
The AFL's Farm Team in
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
Greg Tranter. A look back at the Buffalo Bills defender,
arguably one of the best safeties in the history of
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.
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
Five Open Questions in
NFL Coaching 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.