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The Football Learning Academy (w/ Founder Ken Crippen)
Episode 17812th January 2022 • The Football History Dude • Sports History Network
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In this episode I talk to Ken Crippen about his new company, the Football Learning Academy, an online resource for classes and videos on pro football history and the game's impact on society. The FLA is launching in June of 2022, but sign up for free now to get the latest news on our progress and content:

We discuss many things, including some of the following:

  • Why Ken started the Football Learning Academy
  • How the FLA will be structured for students
  • Some of the courses available to students, including some plans for future courses
  • Some of the special guest lecturers Ken has for the FLA
  • A short dive into the history of the Akron Pros, the Tonawanda Kardex, the first forward pass in pro football history, and the first black QB in the NFL (plus much more)....
  • I ask Ken to perform his best Bill and Ted version of taking my DeLorean back in time to bring back any 4 individuals that shaped football history and have them be guest lecturers
  • Why a portion of FLA goes to the NFLPA's Professional Athletes Foundation

Below is a bio for Ken Crippen, a repeat guest on multiple shows on the Sports History Network. Here's a page to Ken Crippen interviews.


Ken is the president and former executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. He has been researching and writing about pro football history for over twenty years. In that time, he has published two books and numerous articles. He has also won multiple writing awards, the latest being the 2012 PFWA Dick Connor Writing Award for Feature Writing. In 2011, he was awarded the Ralph Hay award by the PFRA for lifetime achievement in pro football history. His writing has been featured on National Football Post, Cold Hard Football Facts, The Packer Report and Coffin Corner. I have also appeared on Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and WGR (Buffalo).


The Football History Dude is a show dedicated to teaching NFL fans about the rich history of the game we all know and love. I’m your host, Arnie Chapman, and I’m just a regular dude that loves football and is a nerd when it comes to learning about history. I created this show to share the gridiron knowledge nuggets I gain from researching various topics about the history of the National Football League. Each episode I welcome you to climb aboard my DeLorean to travel back in time to explore the yesteryear of the gridiron, and yes, that’s a reference to the Back to the Future Movies.