Missouri Football Protest Shows Changes

University of Missouri players organized and threatened to boycott the remainder of the season’s games. The protest forced the resignation of Mizzou President Tim Wolfe, amid allegations of ignoring racism problems on campus. The successful protest demonstrates how much our country, college football, and universities have changed over the past decades. Student-athletes, like many young […]

A Brief History of… Goal Posts

We see them every game, cast in their photogenic stance. Fans love to tear them down. But what is the story behind those fabled goal posts? The information’s pretty tough to find, but I’ll put as much of it together here as I can. EARLY YEARS In football’s earliest days – and we’re talking Pudge […]

Thinking Out Loud: The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

SENIOR NOMINEES The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced two senior nominees for its 2016 induction class. The Seniors Committee, comprised of nine members on a rotating basis, selects the senior nominees. Nominees must be retired for at least 25 years. We’ve discussed Ken Stabler’s Canton credentials. My recent post countered Peter King of Sports […]

University of Texas Informal Classes offers The Game before the Money

Football fans in Austin, Texas will be able to experience The Game before the Money in person with a 4-week Informal Class on the University of Texas campus. UT offers many Informal Classes for the general public to encourage lifelong learning. The Game before the Money is part of the University’s Odyssey program. The non-credit […]

 

New “The Game Before the Money” Website in the Works

As The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL continues to grow, the website needs an upgrade. We hope to make it easier for you to find the NFL history information that you need. We also hope to provide a better look and a better web surfing experience. We’ll still […]

The FWAA 75th Anniversary All-American Team

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced its 75th Anniversary All-American team today. As a member, I was privileged to nominate players. Selecting the team was an enormous and difficult task. Indeed, the third-team running back tandem of Bo Jackson and Doak Walker could just as easily been the first-team backfield. “Picking the FWAA’s […]

Thinking Out Loud: Remembering NFL legend Frank Gifford

The headline regarding Frank Gifford’s death shocked me. The family reported that he died suddenly from natural causes. I was privileged to meet and chat with him in January 2013, while working on The Game before Money. He just lit up talking about the old days. His youthful energy resurfaced remembering his playing days with […]