I’m a history buff, always have been. I majored in Soviet history at the Air Force Academy, but I’ve always been fascinated by the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I & II and the historical perspective of it all. I focused heavily on the Russian Revolution in college and couldn’t help but be amazed at what must have been going through the peoples’ minds, their hopes and fears, as the Czar’s rule came to a brutal end.
I’m currently working on a project for The Football Educator that I hope to introduce this fall that will bring to light the stories of many of the NFL’s iconic players and coaches in their own words. After all, how can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been (or came from)? That old adage that “history teaches us a lesson” couldn’t be more true, and yet I continue to see the same mistakes over and over as a result of ignoring history and going with what “feels right” for the given moment.
As the 2014 NFL Draft quickly approaches, I can’t help but wonder if we ALL don’t fully understand how far things have come in professional football over the past 70 years. Packer fans are probably well aware of this particular artifact from their 1944 Championship season, but I thought it might be fun to enlighten all TFE readers with an NFL contract between E.J. McGroarty (misspelled on the contract) and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Note the signature of Curley Lambeau at the bottom. GREAT STUFF!
Think any rookie would take this deal today? Nice incentive in the cover letter as well!
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