Before the League Premiere Jason Napora, Susie Henke, Amy Hunter and Guests attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Marisa Contipelli, Floyd Little attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Paul and Susan O'Neill attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Jim and Beth Ann Kennedy attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Jim Ridgeway, Mark Ridgeway attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Keith and Mariann McClellan attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Before The League Content Team  Bruce Hooley attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Les Levine attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Jason Napora, Alison Momeyer, Susie Henke, Amy Hunter attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Harrison Sanford, Mike McKievier attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Bruce Brown, Dr. Dan Ross, Steve Craig attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Chris Primavera attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Ben Devine attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Adam Rogers, Sandy L. Johnson, Dr. Charles Bailey attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Nicole Newman, Anthony Milbern attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Tim Warsinskey attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Phil Levin attends the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Jessi and Rick Davis attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Lisa and Mark Fenner attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.   Virginia and Dan Gehres attend the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Tim Rogers attends the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Joe Scalzo attends the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Stan Kohn and Erin Nauert at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Chris Slone and guest at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Thomas & Margaret Maroon, Craig Holbert at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Deb and Brian Peluso at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Chuck Ridenour at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  John and Julie Steggenhagen at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Brittany Kochesperger and Nathan Dieckman at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Michael McConnell and guest at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Rick and Sue Momeyer at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Jim and Amy Stoner at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. GM1_2554.jpg Dan Coughlin and Chuck Murr at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. GM1_2561.jpg Vanita Butler at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Alison Momeyer, Floyd Little at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Alison Momeyer, Chris Willis, Jason Pheister, Floyd Little, Kate Buford, Joe Horrigan at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Harrison Sandford, Marisa Contipelli, Aaron Goldstein at the Before The League documentary premiere on October 27, 2015 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  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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.

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