Early-day pro football historians agreed that a 16-year-old quarterback from Indiana College in Pennsylvania, John Brallier, had become the first pro football player when he accepted $10 and “cakes” (expenses) to play for the Latrobe, PA, town team against neighboring Jeannette on September 3, 1895.
Of the 14 teams that played in the APFA/NFL’s inaugural season, the Chicago Cardinals, now known as the Arizona Cardinals, and the Decatur Staleys, now known as the Chicago Bears, are the only teams that remain in the league. 1920 APFA season. Regular season Champions Akron Pros NFL seasons 1921 →
In 1932, the first knockout took place and there were about 8 teams – namely Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Boston Braves (now known as Washington Redskins), Portsmouth Spartans, Staten Island Stapletons, and the Brooklyn Dodgers (possibly present-day Indianapolis Colts).May 29, 2021
The 1920s also was a decade when college football became more popular. Notre Dame, coached by Knute Rockne, became the most famous college football team. Illinois star Harold “Red” Grange became a household name. The best college teams could compete in bowl games, such as the famous Rose Bowl, held in California.
The 1920s in America were known as the “Roaring Twenties.” But for the National Football League, that 10-year period could be remembered more accurately as the “Tempestuous Twenties.” The Bulldogs won back-to-back NFL titles in 1922 and 1923. Several other now-defunct 1920s.