History Stories
CATEGORY: Football
Meet Kenny Washington, the First Black NFL Player of the Modern Era
February 2, 2018

He was an athletic phenomenon who broke the NFL's "color barrier." Read More

This Wasn’t the First Time Football, Protest and Politics Have Mixed
September 25, 2017

When NFL players took a knee and locked arms this weekend, it wasn't the first time athletes have taken a stand on issues of racial injustice. Read More

10 Not-So-Super Super Bowl Halftime Shows
February 3, 2017

As Lady Gaga prepares to headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show, look back at 10 of the most forgettable performances during the NFL’s championship game. Read More

College Football’s Most Lopsided Game
October 7, 2016

A century ago Georgia Tech thrashed Cumberland by a cartoonish score of 222-0 in college football’s most lopsided game ever. Find out how such an epic blowout was allowed to happen. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the First Super Bowl
February 4, 2016

The first Super Bowl wasn’t exactly super. Explore 10 ways in which the hastily arranged first Super Bowl differed from today’s modern-day sporting spectacle. Read More

The Bizarre History of the NFL’s First Title Game
January 29, 2015

Look back at the NFL’s strange first championship game, played indoors on a 60-yard field squeezed into a hockey rink. Read More

The Birth of the National Football League
September 4, 2014

Look back at the National Football League’s humble origins in an Ohio auto dealership and its inaugural 1920 season. Read More

The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body
May 28, 2013

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma. Read More

A Brief History of College Bowl Games
January 1, 2013

As college football kicks off 2013 with six bowl games, explore the history of this New Year’s Day tradition. Read More

How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
September 6, 2012

Look back at football’s brutal beginnings and President Theodore Roosevelt’s quest to save the sport from abolition. Read More