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.

9 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT COLUMBUS' AND DAYTON'S PRO FOOTBALL DAYS

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1. The Columbus Panhandles played in the very first NFL game AGAINST THE DAYTON TRIANGLES.

2. The NFL Offices were in Columbus from 1921 to 1939 at the Hayden Building, 16 E. Broad St.

3. Joe Carr, the second and possibly greatest ever commissioner of the NFL, was first the manager of the Columbus Panhandles.

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4. The Panhandles played less than a mile from OSU's Ohio Stadium at the old Indianola Park located between the OSU campus and the state fairgrounds.

5. The Columbus Panhandles were well known for their family of players, the Nesser Brothers.

 Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

Source: Wikipedia    Public Domain

6. Most of Columbus' original teams were comprised of local railroad workers.

7. THE DAYTON TRIANGLES TEAM’S ROOTS COME FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON (THEN SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE).

8. Carl Storck, Dayton Business man, served as an early NFL treasurer and Dayton Triangles manager.

9. CARRILLON PARK HAS RESTORED THE ORIGINAL LOCKER ROOM OF THE DAYTON TRIANGLES.


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