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When Football Was Football - Sports History Network EPISODE 24, 12th April 2021
Three Unique Chicago Bears

Three Unique Chicago Bears

When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sports' Yesteryear.


Throughout the years, the National Football League has seen its share of rogues, complainers, whiners, and personality problems among its players…but we’ll just call these guys “characters”!

Each brought something different to the Bears and all were valuable in their own distinct way, but all were under the watchful eye of none other than team owner and coach George Halas. Ironically, all three were on the field for the Bears during one of the most groundbreaking games ever played in the NFL…and all three were comfortable on the gridiron, as well as in the ring.....

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Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.

Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy

When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL

Music for the episode - https://www.purple-planet.com/