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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.

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  1. Would love to be a guest on your Podcast. My first football book “Total Patriots” was published in Sept 2009 and my 2nd Book “Relive Patriots History” is being released at the end of October 2020. I am a friend of Upton Bell and Ron Borges (helped them edit their book “Present at the Creation” and am one of the Patriots Historians. Love your podcasts.