University of Texas Informal Classes offers The Game before the Money

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 course will meet at 7 pm on Tuesdays from Sept 15 – Oct 6. Author Jackson Michael will teach the course. You can enroll here.  

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 We’ll still post great historical content, and we’ll be adding a section focusing on leadership and character develop secrets shared by NFL legends. We hope to make this upgrade soon, in the next couple of months. Until then, enjoy! And if you have any comments on what you’d like to see at, please leave a comment or drop us a line on our Facebook page. Thank you!

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 75th Anniversary teams was like taking a final exam with no wrong answers,” said 2015 FWAA President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. “Even though some answers may be more ‘right’ than others, this will add to the colorful conversation about college football, honor those chosen, and help celebrate the game.” So true. You have three selections at quarterback. Roger Staubach and Tim Tebow were the two I felt absolutely needed to be in there. Staubach helped redefine the position at the college level, and Tebow consistently impacted games more than most college players that I can remember. My short list for the third spot […]

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 Tom Landry, Andy Robustelli, and Harland Svare. His eyes gleamed with delight. His eyes really stood out. The televisions of the 1970s lacked the definition to convey the color. They were a light shade of blue I’ve never seen before or since. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t pay attention to the color of a man’s eyes. Only Gifford’s stood out that much that they were memorable. Iconic. Football changed dramatically from the time Gifford started playing in high school to the time he left Monday Night Football. Gifford told me that he expected to follow his father’s rugged footsteps into the […]