Joe T. and Norman E.

Joe T. and Norman E.

The quote stands as a true classic. Joe Theismann stated that the word “genius” didn’t apply to football, only to people such as Norman Einstein. Fits neatly into the dumb jock stereotype into which so many people love to toss football players. Of course, it’s hilarious. The gaff caused many to assume that Theismann, who attended Notre Dame, knows so little about Albert Einstein that he completely goofed his name, calling him “Norman.” The masses point and laugh, momentarily feeling intellectually superior to a Super Bowl winning quarterback. The real story, however, might not be that simple. Think of your high school valedictorian. Pretty smart kid, right? Well, turns out Theismann feels the same way about the valedictorian from his graduating class at South River High School in New Jersey — a kid named Norman Einstein. According to this article, Norman Einstein attended Rutgers University and studied…any guesses? Yes, physics! What else would a guy named Einstein study? He later […]

Podcast — 1962 Heisman Trophy Winner Terry Baker

Terry Baker won the 1962 Heisman Trophy playing quarterback for Oregon State. Sports Illustrated also named him Sportsman of the Year. He also played in the 1963 Final Four and was the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Hear him talk about winning the Heisman and share a couple of great stories about playing for the Rams with players like Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen. You can listen in the player below, and also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher. Special thanks to our sponsors, NB Autographs.

Podcast: Bert Bell — The Great Commissioner

Who came up with the idea for the NFL Draft? The answer is the same man who founded the Philadelphia Eagles, and came up with the idea of overtime, implemented the two-minute warning, came up with the idea of injury reports and the waiver wire. His name is Bert Bell. In this episode, Bell’s son Upton Bell, who worked for the Colts in the 1960s before becoming the New England Patriots GM, is our guest. He walks us through his father’s life and legacy through stories of how Bert Bell came up with the idea for the NFL Draft, how Bell chose the name Eagles for his franchise, and Bell’s role in the early stages of the American Football League. You can listen in the player below, and also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Ken Houston reflects on Monday Night Football Walt Garrison play, 45 Years Later.

In October of 1973, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins faced off in D.C. on Monday Night Football. George Allen stood in his third season as Redskins head coach. Cowboys legend Lee Roy Jordan told The Game before the Money that Allen ramped up the Cowboys/Redskins rivalry into the state of fury it became. The Monday Night Football affair came down to the last play – the Cowboys had the ball on the four yard line with four seconds left, needing a touchdown to tie. Washington’s Ken Houston, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, made one of the signature plays of his career. He stopped Dallas running back Walt Garrison at the goal line as time expired, after Garrison snatched a pass from quarterback Craig Morton. Houston, who had just been obtained from the Houston Oilers for five players, became hugely popular in Washington overnight. Washington’s 14-7 win put them in a first-place tie with the Cowboys. Houston told The […]

Podcast — Ron McDole — AFL Champion Bills, Over The Hill Gang Redskins

  Ron McDole joins us on The Game Before the Money Podcast. The all-time interception leader for defensive linemen remembers winning the AFL Championship with the Bills, and facing the Chargers Ron Mix in the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship Games. He also talks about George Allen and the Over the Hill Gang, of which he was a part. Hear the inside story about the most famous play in Super Bowl 7, when Mike Bass returned a blocked kick and subsequent Garo Yepremian interception for a touchdown. He talks about the Washington/Dallas rivalry and a time when pro football teams held training camps at a hotel. Ron played college ball at the University of Nebraska, with Pat Fischer and Mick Tingelhoff. Ron has a new book available on You can also order The Game Before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL on and Barnes and Noble. You can listen in the player at the top, and also […]

This Might Surprise You — Pro Football Training Camp at a Motel

In Episode 4 of The Game Before the Money Podcast, Ron McDole said that when he arrived at the Bills’ team hotel, he was surprised to find out that it was also their training camp. Indeed, the Camelot-Voyager Motor Inn hosted the Bills’ training camp for several years in the 1960s. Here is footage via WIVB-TV’s Twitter account.     THROWBACK THURSDAY: Buffalo Bills practicing in July 1966 at the Sheraton Camelot Motor Inn, Blasdell. — News 4, WIVB-TV (@news4buffalo) July 30, 2015   You might also enjoy reading this article from the Niagara Gazette remembering those years and later training camps held at Niagara.    

Podcast — Pete Koch — Bengals, Chiefs, Raiders Legend

You can listen in the player below, and also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher.       What made Howie Long one of the best players of his generation? Pete Koch fills us in, and brings us into the workout room with Raiders Greg Townsend and Bill Pickel on The Game Before the Money Podcast. The Bengals drafted Koch in the first round of the 1984 NFL draft. They drafted Pete’s college teammate Boomer Esiason in the second round. Pete later played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Raiders. He joins us on the podcast, and discusses what it was like to be a first-round draft choice. He also talks about the mid-80s glory years in the AFC West, facing quarterbacks such as John Elway and Dan Fouts. He shares great memories of playing on a Chiefs line that featured outstanding players such as Art Still, Bill Maas, and Mike Bell. […]

NFL Week 1 — 3 Notes from Early Games — What I Saw

Exciting early games for Week One of the 2018 season! Here are three quick notes from what I personally saw on NFL Sunday Ticket during the early games.   Browns are much improved, and their defense should win them a few games. Great pass rush, linebackers forced the late turnover that could have one the game, and the secondary made outstanding plays. Tom Brady rules the two minute drill. The end of the first half of the Patriots/Texans game illustrated a clock management second to none. I hear Texans fans about the Rob Gronkowski call that might not have been a catch, but Brady worked the clock and made outstanding throws. Defense and Special Teams make the difference. Both pass rushes in the Steelers vs Browns game affected the outcome. The Bengals and Jaguars won on defensive touchdowns…and this punt by the Patriots was key in helping New England hold off the Texans.   That punt though. 👀 @R_Allen86 @Jonathan_Jones2 […]