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The Football History Dude - Sports History Network EPISODE 158, 21st April 2021
George Bozeka (Executive Director for the Professional Football Researchers Association)

George Bozeka (Executive Director for the Professional Football Researchers Association)

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

EPISODE SUMMARY

George Bozeka is the Executive Director of the Professional Football Researchers Association, an organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of professional football. The organization was founded on June 22, 1979, in the birth city of the NFL, which also happens to be the location of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. George grew up right down the road from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he remembers the 1964 Hall of Fame game being one of those moments where he really took a liking to the sport. There happened to be a guy by the name of Johnny Unitas playing in that game. And wouldn't you know it, he was hooked and enamored by his first big-time NFL player. From there, the love of the sport never stopped.

In this interview, George and I get into many topics, such as:

  • Why he thinks organizations such as the PFRA are so important
  • How and when he joined the PFRA
  • What the Biography Committee of the PFRA is all about (he is a co-chairman)
  • An inside look at what we can expect from the 2021 PFRA Convention in Canton, OH
  • Which 4 NFL figures in all of NFL history he's going "pick up in my DeLorean" and bring with him to this year's PFRA Convention
  • We introduced a new "Rapid Blitz Round" to ask him what the most interesting thing he learned about from the following 3 books he was/is a part of
  • 1958 Baltimore Colts: Profiles of the NFL's First Sudden Death Champions
  • The 1966 Green Bay Packers: Profiles of Vince Lombardi's Super Bowl I Champions
  • 1951 Los Angeles Rams (book forthcoming)
  • What NFL Moment he's going to take my DeLorean back to be present for
  • So much more

We also have interviews with other officers of the PFRA over at the SHN Website.

THE FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE BACKGROUND

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.