The First NFL Draft

Posted: April 20, 2014
Category: Articles Published Elsewhere

Today, the NFL Draft is a prime-time event. The multi-day extravaganza is preceded by months of mock drafts, dedicated draft publications and people making a living solely analyzing the draft. However, the first NFL draft was held in relative obscurity. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Gino Marchetti

Posted: April 15, 2014
Category: Where Are They Now

Gino Marchetti was one of the greatest defensive ends in pro football history. Most historians rate him in the top four, along with Reggie White, Deacon Jones, and Bruce Smith. Selected to eleven straight Pro Bowls, Marchetti only missed playing in one Pro Bowl due to injury. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Tommy Nobis

Posted: January 1, 2014
Category: Where Are They Now

When you hear ‘Mr. Falcon,’ you immediately think of Tommy Nobis. A graduate of the University of Texas, Nobis was named to five Pro Bowls during his career. He is also part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade team for the 1960s, a team that includes Hall of Fame linebackers Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Ken Riley

Posted: December 19, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

When asked about the top defensive backs not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ken Riley’s name is always on the list. However, he never received the recognition that he deserved during his playing career. In his 15-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, he led the league in interceptions three times and is currently ranked fifth all-time in career interceptions. Riley felt that his demeanor may be the reason for his exclusion. “I am low key. I always thought that if you go out and do your job, you will get rewarded. Unfortunately, if you do not go out and be flashy or do some things that bring attention to yourself, your stats do not mean anything.” Read More...


Where Are They Now: Marlin Briscoe

Posted: December 13, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

Marlin Briscoe was on top of the world. He had set rookie records as the first black quarterback to start in the NFL and won two Super Bowl Rings as a wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins. However, drug addiction almost ruined his life. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Ed Sprinkle

Posted: December 5, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

Once called “The Meanest Man in Football,” Chicago Bears great Ed Sprinkle spent 12 seasons punishing opponents and helping the team to an NFL Championship in 1946. He is considered one of the best defensive ends in team history. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Steve Grogan

Posted: November 27, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

Long-time quarterback of the New England Patriots, Steve Grogan played in 149 games over his 16-year career. But, his career was marred by injuries. However, he was one of the toughest players to play quarterback. Hall of Fame guard John Hannah referred to Grogan as the toughest player he ever played with in his career. Referring to the impact that quarterback toughness has on a team, Grogan said, “In my opinion, it means a lot to the guys up there that are protecting you and opening up the holes for the running backs. The offensive line, in particular, respect quarterbacks that show some toughness and don’t act like they are worried about getting hurt all of the time and can play hurt. Most of those guys are playing hurt too, so I think that they respect a quarterback that will do those kinds of things.” Read More...


Where Are They Now: Harold Jackson

Posted: November 21, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

A five-time Pro Bowl receiver, Harold Jackson retired with over 10,000 receiving yards in his 16-year playing career. But, he never thought pro football was going to be a part of his professional life until college. “When I left high school, I did not weigh more than 149 pounds,” recalled Jackson. “I knew that football was a big man’s game.” However, Jackson proved that at 5’10”, he could play. “I got a scholarship to Jackson State. I started playing and started getting letters from the pros. I thought that maybe I do have something. In my junior year, I really started to get the itch [to play pro football].” Read More...


Where Are They Now: Jim Ray Smith

Posted: November 8, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

Known for his incredible speed, Smith became a mainstay on the Cleveland line for seven years and was considered one of the best offensive linemen of his era. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Maxie Baughan

Posted: November 1, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

When people talk about the greatest linebackers not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Maxie Baughan’s name is high on the list. Named to nine Pro Bowls in his twelve-year career, Baughan was a constant force on the defense of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins in 1974. Read More...


Where Are They Now: Daryle Lamonica

Posted: October 24, 2013
Category: Where Are They Now

Just mention the nickname “The Mad Bomber,” and football fans remember one of the best quarterbacks to play in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Daryle Lamonica received that nickname from broadcaster Howard Cosell. Lamonica recalled, “It was on a Monday night game. I don’t know where he came up with that one. I heard it and I said, ‘What a dumb name.’ But the very next game, I distinctly remember it. It was a home game. I got under center and I looked out at the left corner. We made eye contact and he backed up two steps. I thought, ‘Ooh. I like that. Maybe that is not such a bad nickname.’ It stuck and that is what I ended up with.” Read More...


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