This episode, we fire up the DeLorean and head back to April 15, 1904, the birth date of Frances Upton. Frances is the mother of this week’s guest, Upton Bell. You will find out in the episode how Frances Upton and the podcast are linked in the upcoming 100th season of the NFL. The story is told through the experiences of Upton Bell.
Upton is the son of the First Great Commissioner of the NFL – Bert Bell. He joins us to share stories from his book: Present at the Creation – My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game. Upton’s book walks you through a journey in the history of the NFL unlike anyone else can.
He had a first-hand glimpse of the beginning of the NFL when he was the son of Bert Bell, the first Great Commissioner. Upton was at a crossroads when his father passed away and ended up working for the Baltimore Colts and the Great Don Shula. He was the youngest GM in the NFL at the time when he took over for the then, Boston Patriots. He later owned the Charlotte Hornets, a World Football League organization. And as if that wasn’t enough of a diverse background, he worked his way into the media as a sportscaster.
Oh, by the way, he interviewed some of the greatest people in the nation at the time. Some include George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, and Stephen Hawking. This is the 10,000 foot Eagle Eye View of Upton’s life, and there’s no way I could do it justice, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. So without further ado, I present to you, Upton Bell. So, strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.
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