Before The League

The story of the people and towns that made pro football America's biggest sport.

The 6-part documentary story of the people and towns that made pro football America's biggest sport.

“Before the League” examines how small towns like Canton and Massillon, Ohio were the blueprint for fielding early pro teams as well as fostering healthy rivalries. As precursors to the NFL, teams like the Akron Pros, Dayton Triangles, Portsmouth Spartans, Ironton Tanks, Shelby Blues, Oorang Indians, Rochester Jeffersons, Buffalo All-Americans, Milwaukee Badgers and Columbus Panhandles laid the groundwork for the successes of today’s big city teams.

7 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW About WISCONSIN PRO Football

Now, go impress some buddies, win some bets, and don't miss "Before the League", a two-night event on November 17 and 18 on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Click here for show times.  

1. The Green Bay Packers were BRIEFLY kicked out of the NFL for violation of league policy their first year of the league.

 Source: Wikipedia     Public Domain

Source: Wikipedia     Public Domain

2. The Packers-Bears rivalry is the oldest in the NFL, dating back to 1921.

 Source: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

Source: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

3. The Indian Packing Company was the Packers’ first sponsor.

 Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

4. THE BADGERS ARE THE STATE'S REVERED COLLEGE TEAM BUT IT ALSO WAS THE NAME OF MILWAUKEE'S LITTLE KNOWN NFL TEAM IN THE EARLY 1920S.

 

5. FRITZ POLLARD, THE NFL'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COACH, WAS ALSO THE MILWAUKEE BADGERS' FIRST MAJOR PLAYER SIGNED.

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Source: Public Domain  /  Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

6. Actor, singer and Civil Rights leader Paul Robeson played for the Milwaukee Badgers on an integrated team in 1922.

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Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

7. WHEN THE BADGERS FOLDED, SOME OF THEIR PLAYERS MOVED TO THE NFL'S PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1933).

 Forbes Field - Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

Forbes Field - Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain


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