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When Football Was Football - Sports History Network EPISODE 20, 15th February 2021
NFL's First Superstar: John "Paddy" Driscoll

NFL's First Superstar: John "Paddy" Driscoll

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


As kids, we all looked up to our favorite athletic heroes. After all, they were taller than us, so looking up at them, literally, was a realistic requirement as well as a figure of speech. In this episode of “When Football Was Football” we’ll look back at the life and career of a pro football hall of famer, who was one of those very few athletes who also played pro basketball and major league baseball.

He was an All-American, won a Rose Bowl, was selected as an All-Pro eight times, and was the finest field goal kicker of his generation. He could shoot hoops from the outside and his speed could easily turn singles into doubles on the baseball diamond.

In short, he was a giant among men even though he stood just 5’8’ and weighed about 160 lbs. His name was John Leo Driscoll, but we can call him Paddy!

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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.

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