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Jay Berwanger and the First NFL Draft

This episode, we fire up the DeLorean and head back to 1936 to witness the first NFL draft.  Times were different for the players and owners pre-draft era.  Some say the NFL draft saved professional sports because it helped balance the leagues.  Others say the birth of the NFL draft was a major turning point in the explosion of the NFL.  The draft was the brainchild of the first great NFL Commissioner and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.  You can learn more about him in the Bert Bell episode.  For now, it’s time to take you back to that first NFL draft, and I’ll clue you into a secret.  There’s a major twist at the end.  So, strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Timeline – The NFL Draft

NFL Operations – The Rules of the Draft

SB Nation – 1st Ever NFL Draft

Chicago Tribune – First NFL Draft in 1936

The Atlantic – The History of the NFL Draft

Jay Berwanger – 1st Heisman Trophy Winner

Pro Football Journal – First NFL Draft

YouTube – Heisman House Berwanger

YouTube – What Happened to the 1st NFL Draft Pick?

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