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October 24, 2021
Added: David Treadwell, Wally Triplett, Charley Trippi, Emlen Tunnell, Norm Van Brocklin, Frank Varrichione, Doak Walker, Herschel Walker, Bill Wals, Don Warren, Mike Webster, Herman Wedemeyer, Roger Wehrli, Arnie Weinmeister, Byron "Whizzer" White, Reggie White, Dave Wilcox, Bill Willis, Ralph C. Wilson, Kellen Winslow, Al Wistert biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


October 16, 2021
Added: Dick Stanfel, Jan Stenerud, Dwight Stephenson, Bob Steuber, Don Stonesifer, Hank Stram, Ken Strong, Pat Studstill, Leo Sugar, Jock Sutherland, Lynn Swann, Charley Taylor, Hugh "Bones" Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, Emmitt Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Tommy Thompson, Willie Thrower, Andre Tippett, Mario Tonelli and George Trafton biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


October 9, 2021
Added: Fritz Pollard, Glenn Presnell, Bosh Pritchard, Greg Pruitt, Warren Rabb, Sonny Randle, Clare Randolph, Hugh "Shorty" Ray, Mel Renfro, Ray Renfro, John Riggins, Jim Ringo, Andy Robustelli, Dan Rooney, Tobin Rote, George Roudebush, Lou Rymkus, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Spec Sanders, Dick Schafrath, Joe Schmidt, Tex Schramm, Lee Roy Selmon, Frank Seno, Tom Sestak, Art Shell, Clyde Shugart, Don Shula, Mike Singletary, Johnny Sisk, Jackie Slater, Dwight "Paddlefoot" Sloan, Bruce Smith, Ernie Smith, Jackie Smith, Jim Ray Smith, Dave Smukler, Bob Snyder, Gordie Soltau, Mac Speedie, Chris Spielman, Ed Sprinkle, Bob St. Clair and John Stallworth biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


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September 29, 2021
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 43, Number 4
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing by George Bozeka. The organizer for the 2021 convention recalls the highlights of the weekend in Canton, Ohio and at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The theme of the convention, which was rescheduled from 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NFL.

Official PFRA Elections Ballot. Note that the deadline for voting is December 1, 2021.

The Class of 2021 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Career capsules, highlights, statistics, and awards from this year’s Hall of Fame class: Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Bill Nunn, Drew Pearson, and Charles Woodson.

More Than Just a Prayer by Perry Mastrocola. A look back at the 1975 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings that was more than just the Hail Mary pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson at old Metropolitan Stadium.

Brownie the Elf: Where Did It Come From and Is It Still Relevant? by Barry Shuck. What's a brownie? What's an elf? And what's the difference? Take a deep dive into the history of the Cleveland Browns original mascot, its roots in Old World folklore, its use in representing the team in both the AAFC and the NFL, its demise, and its comeback.






September 26, 2021
Added: Ty Law, Dick LeBeau, Ray Lewis, Floyd Little, Paul Maguire, Curtis Martin, Kevin Mawae, Hugh McElhenny, Gerald McNeil, Randy Moss, Clem Neacy, Ray Nitschke, Dick Nolan, Chuck Noll, Tom Nowatzke, Davey O'Brien, Jonathan Ogden, Neil Olkewicz, Jim Otto, Steve Owen, R.C. Owens, Terrell Owens, Orlando Pace, Derrell Palmer, Jack Pardee, Jim Parker, Dave Parks, Bill Parcells, Walter Payton, Joe Perry, "Bum" Phillips, Elijah Pitts, Milt Plum, Troy Polamalu, Bill Polian, "Bucky" Pope, John Randle, Andre Reed, Ed Reed, Pete Retzlaff, Les Richter, Jerry Rice, Willie Roaf, Paul Robeson, Dave Robinson, Johnny Robinson, Ed Sabol, Steve Sabol, George Saimes and Deion Sanders biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


September 11, 2021
Added: Bobby Herbert, Joe Lillard, Pete Liske, Larry Little, James Lofton, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Jack Lummus, Tom Mack, John Madden, Al Mahrt, Archie Manning, Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, Gino Marchetti, George Preston Marshall, Dan Marino, Bruce Matthews, Don Maynard, George McAfee, Randall McDaniel, Tommy McDonald, Hugh McElhenny, Dale Memmelaar, Fred Miller, Bert Milling, Wayne Millner, Dick Modzelewski, Art Monk, Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Lenny Moore, Hap Moran, Earl Morrall, John Morrow, Marion Motley, Joe Muha, Mike Munchak, Anthony Munoz, Jim Musick, George Musso, Bronco Nagurski, Bill Nelsen, Ernie Nevers and Ozzie Newsome biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


August 26, 2021
Added: Tony Gonzalez, Kevin Greene, Russ Grimm, Ray Guy, Charles Haley, Chris Hanburger, Cliff Harris, Marvin Harrison, Winston Hill, Claude Humphrey, Steve Hutchinson, Rickey Jackson, Edgerrin James, Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones, Walter Jones, Alex Karras, Cortez Kennedy, Walt Koppisch, Eddie Kotal, Jerry Kramer, Bob Kuechenberg and Gary Larsen biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee
Added: Gamebooks for 12-19-93 (Atlanta vs Washington), 12-26-93 (Atlanta vs Cincinnati) and 09-25-94 (Atlanta vs Washington) Members Only


August 22, 2021
Added: Billy Kilmer, Bucko Kilroy, Bruiser Kinard, Don Kindt, Joe Kopcha, Walt Koppisch, Walt Kowalczyk, Ron Kramer, Paul Krause, Joe Krol, Curley Lambeau, Steve Largent, Yale Lary, Tony Latone, Dante Lavelli, Bobby Layne, Eddie LeBaron, Tuffy Leemans, Marv Levy and Verne Lewellen biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee
Added: Gamebook for November 28, 1897 Greensburg vs. Latrobe Members Only


August 14, 2021
Added: Gamebooks for December 4, 1898 Duquesne A.C. vs. All-Stars and December 4, 1921 Buffalo vs. Chicago Members Only


August 13, 2021
Added: Harlon Hill, Jack Hinckle, Bob Hoernschemeyer, Mike Holovak, Chuck Howley, Bill Howton, George Hughes, Don Hutson, Cecil Isbell, Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson, Charlie Joiner, Don Jonas, Stan Jones, Henry Jordan, Karl Karilivach, Ken Kavanaugh, Jim Kelly, Leroy Kelly, Ray Kemp, Jim Kendrick, Ed Khayat, Violet Bidwell Wolfner, Rod Woodson, Rayfield Wright, Ron Yary, Buddy Young, Steve Young, Jack Youngblood, Swede Youngstrom and Gary Zimmerman biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


August 6, 2021
Added: Charles "Buckets" Goldenberg, Otto Graham, Bud Grant, Darrell Green, Jack Gregory, Roosevelt Grier, Jerry Groom, Lou Groza, Herman Gundlach, Ace Gutkowsky, Hinkey Haines, Carl Hairston, Dan Hampton, John Hannah, Pat Harder, Ralph Hay, Bob Hayes, Mike Haynes, Mel Hein, Wilbur "Fats" Henry, Arnie Herber, Bill Hewitt and Gene Hickerson biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


August 1, 2021
Added: Andy Farkas, Tom Fears, Jack Ferrante, Jim Finks, Galen Fiss, Ray Flaherty, Ed Flanagan, Len Ford, Dan Fouts, Sam Francis, Benny Friedman, Roman Gabriel, Bob Gain, Hugh Gallarneau, Frank Gatski, Dennis Gaubatz, Mario Giannelli, Jim Gibbons, Joe Gibbs, Cookie Gilchrist and Sid Gillman biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


July 24, 2021
Added: Matt Cavanaugh, Willie Davis, Fred Dean, Joe DeLamielleure, Al DeMao, Darrell Dess, Eric Dickerson, Dan Dierdorf, Doug Dieken, William "Lone Star" Dietz, Lavvie Dilweg, Hanford Dixon, Glenn Dobbs, Jack Dolbin, Art Donovan, Al Dorow, Bill Dudley, Turk Edwards, Carl Eller, John Elway, Ox Emerson biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee

Added: 2020 Gamebooks Members Only


July 18, 2021
Added: Larry Allen, Morten Anderson, Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Bobby Beathard, Chuck Bednarik, Jerome Bettis, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Robert Brazile, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce, Jack Butler, Harold Charmichael, Jim "King" Corcoran, Jimbo Covert, Bill Cower, Curley Culp, Terrell Davis, Brian Dawkins and Dermontti Dawson biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


July 9, 2021
Added: Chuck Bednarik, Russell "Bull" Behman, Bert Bell, Ricky Bell, Phil Bengtson, Elvin Bethea, Fred Beletnikoff, Johnny Blood, Mel Blount, Al Blozis, Arda Bowser, Ben Lee Boynton, Terry Bradshaw, Brian Brennan, Paul Briggs, Gene Brito, Bob Brown, Roosevelt Brown, Timmy Brown, Carl Brumbaugh, Howard "Cub" Buck, Nick Buoniconti, Don Burroughs, Earl Campbell, Gino Cappelletti, Joe Carr, Harry Carson, Cris Carter, Jim Carter, Dave Casper, Lynn Chandnois, Jack Christiansen, August "Gus" Cifelli, Monte Clark, Potsy Clark, Gail Cogdill, Charlie Conerly, Jim Conzelman, Lou Creekmur and Roy Curry biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


June 30, 2021
Added: 2021 PFRA Convention Presentations Members Only


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June 24, 2021
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 43, Number 3
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing The cover for The 1951 Los Angeles Rams: Profiles of the NFL’s First West Coast Champions, the third in the Great Teams in Pro Football History series, is unveiled, as is a pre-order discount for the book to be released later this year. Also, there's a special "thank you" to PFRA member Richard Bak, who compiled a complete article index of the entire run of the Coffin Corner, from 1979 to 2021, alphabetized by author.

Official 2021 Hall of Very Good Ballot. NOTE: The deadline for submitting your ballot is October 31, 2021.

The Chicago Bears’ 1965 Draft: Sayers and Butkus Enter the NFL by Bryan Dietzler. There are those who say that the greatest draft the Bears ever had was in 1983, a draft that produced seven starters on the 1985 Super Bowl champions. That may be, but it's hard to beat the back-to-back picks Chicago made in Round 1 of the 1965 draft—two Hall of Famers that could be considered the best to ever play their positions.

Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Detroit Lions by Randy Snow. A Top 10 list of trivia about the team formerly known as the Portsmouth Spartans. The Lions may not have won a Super Bowl, but how many franchises can boast an astronaut, two backup singers on a gold record hit and seven Heisman winners as former players? "I'll take 'Motor City Minutiae' for $200, Alex.”

Three Former Stars Remember the World Football League by Kenn Tomasch. Gary Danielson, John Dockery, and Bob Gladieux reminisce about their playing days for the New York Stars/Charlotte Hornets of the wild and wooly WFL in this question-and-answer piece. If there's a lesson to be learned in this, it's probably best if you know the chain of custody of your chewing tobacco.






June 20, 2021
Added: Frankie Albert, John ALexander, George Allen, Jimmy Allen, Lance Alworth, "Hunk" Anderson, Elmer Angsman, Doug Atkins, Red Badgro, John Baker, Terry Baker, Vince Banonis, Billy Ray Barnes, Lem Barney, Cliff Battles, and Sammy Baugh biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


June 14, 2021
Added: Added Herb Adderley, Tony Adamle, Dick Afflis, Troy Aikman and Jim Ailinger biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


June 13, 2021
Added: Added High Green and Harry A. March biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


June 5, 2021
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has agreed to increase the number of attendees we are permitted to have for the 2021 PFRA Convention from 48 to 64, so we are reopening the reservation link for the new slots. Some spaces are also still available for the Thursday Paul Brown Museum Tour add on and the Friday Bender's Luncheon/Tour add on. The Sunday Behind the Scenes Tour add on is sold out. Reservations for the Convention and Friday luncheon can be made on the Convention page. Please contact George Bozeka at sundaygolfer48@aol.com to make reservations for the Thursday add on or for any questions. 2021 PFRA Convention Update


June 2, 2021
Added: Added Dick Brubaker, Wayne Frazier and Dewey Bohling biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


May 29, 2021
The official 2021 PFRA Convention T-shirt is now available for purchase. Cost for the t-shirt is $20 for domestic orders (or in person), $25 for Canadian orders and $30 for International orders. T-shirts are available in Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X, and 4X. Please place your order and designate your size using the Paypal link on this page. The deadline for ordering the t-shirt is June 15. T-shirts will be delivered at the Convention or will be shipped if you do not attend. If you have any questions, please contact George Bozeka at sundaygolfer48@aol.com. 2021 PFRA Convention T-Shirts


May 23, 2021
CONVENTION SOLD OUT!! We have reached maximum capacity based on current state COVID guidelines. If this changes, we will open up more slots for attendees. You can still sign up for the luncheon. 2021 PFRA Convention Update


May 19, 2021
Added September 22, 1974 Gamebook for Chargers-Bengals. Updated "The Best of Each Season" All-Pros Document with new 1933 All-Pro Team. Members Only


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May 18, 2021
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 43, Number 2
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing Executive Director Mark L. Ford presents his annual “State of the PFRA” report to members and discusses the issues faced by the organization during the pandemic; the increase in membership, social media presence and revenue; and the upcoming convention at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A detailed itinerary for the 2021 convention is also included.

2020 PFRA Awards. The official announcement of the Ralph Hay Award for lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography, the Nelson Ross Award for recent achievement in pro football history, the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award for the best Coffin Corner article, and the inaugural Jack Clary Award for service to the organization.

Par for the Course: Quantifying the AFL/NFL Drafts from 1960–66 by Kent Stephens. An analysis of the seven competitive player drafts between the rival leagues before the common draft era and the author's method of evaluating the success of the upstart AFL in signing the top talent out of college.

Eddie Kotal: The Experiences that Shaped the First Full-Time NFL Scout by Ryan C. Christiansen. A short biography of the pioneering scout for the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams, whose career as a player and coach influenced the methods he developed to find and evaluate college players in the days before BLESTO and the NFL Scouting Combine.

2020 Player Deaths. A list of the pro football players who died last year, including information on the team(s) they played for, the date and location of their death (if known) and their age when they passed away.






May 4, 2021
Added new speakers, events and the itinerary. 2021 PFRA Convention Update


April 14, 2021
Added: Added Marshall Goldberg, Floyd Hudlow and Bill Shockley biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


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March 30, 2021
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 43, Number 1
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing The 2021 convention at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is on for June 24–27 this year and organizer George Bozeka gives us an update on the hotel, speakers and activities planned. Announcements are also made on the next book in the PFRA’s Great Teams series and the promotion of Denis Crawford to managing editor of the Coffin Corner.

The Hall of Very Good Class of 2020 by Matt Keddie, Jeff Miller, Andy Piascik and Jay Thomas, with illustrations by John Richards. Career highlights of last year's class are included for Ottis Anderson, Jay Hilgenberg, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Ron McDole, Karl Mecklenburg, Richie Petitbon, Sterling Sharpe, and Buddy Young.

Tom Watkins: From College All-American to Stellar NFL Halfback by Jim Sargent. A short biography of the Iowa State great—and member of the famed 1959 ‘Dirty Thirty’ Cyclones team—who went on to pro football, playing for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also starred as a return specialist, leading the NFL in punt returns and yardage in 1963.

A Case of Identity Theft, WFL-Style by Mark Speck. The curious case of George Myers (a.k.a. John Meeger), a linebacker/con artist who fast-talked his way onto the roster of the Word Football League’s San Antonio Wings, was then fired, and drove out of town in a vehicle fraudulently purchased from a car dealer. After trying the same trick with the NFL's Falcons, Broncos, and 49ers, he was finally tracked down in Atlanta by the FBI.

The Last Ride of the 1970s Super Steelers by Jimmy Grant. A recounting of the 1982 Pittsburgh team that played strong in a strike-shortened season, entered the so-called Super Bowl Tournament with high hopes, only to lose in the first round against the San Diego Chargers, unofficially marking the end of their Seventies dynasty.






March 25, 2021
2021 PFRA Convention Update


March 13, 2021
Added 2020 Linescores Members Only


March 6, 2021
Added: Added Jerry DeLucca, Sam Palumbo and Bo Roberson biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


February 3, 2021
Added: Added Joe Cannavino, Dave Behrman, Richie Lucas and Paul Guidry biographies to Biography Committee. Biography Committee


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February 2, 2021
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 6
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing PFRA wraps up 2020 with a record number of members, going over 400 for the first time.

The 1920 Akron Pros by C.C. Staph. A review of the first league champions, from their early days as an independent team through the end of their lone championship season.

The American Professional Football Association Season in Review, 1920 by M. Booth Lowrey. How the first season was viewed by the few pro football writers of 100 years ago, from the Akron Beacon-Journal to the Washington Herald.






December 23, 2020
Added: Added Don Healy and Billy Kinard biographies to Biography Committee. Updated O.J. Simpson biography. Biography Committee


December 18, 2020
2021 PFRA Convention Update


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December 15, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 5
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. News about the 8 inductees to the HOVG class of 2021, and details about the rescheduled Canton convention on June 25-26.

Two Stars Are Born: The First Football Game at Three Rivers Stadium by William J. Ryczek. It was a preseason game on August 28, 1970 , between the Steelers and the visiting Giants, with a lot of firsts. Although it was on a Friday, the TV broadcast was also the pilot for the MNF team of Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meredith, and the national TV debut of Terry Bradshaw and Bob Tucker.

Fists Flew When the 49ers Faced the Eagles by Joe Hession. A classic from the NFL's "Black Hat" era, September 25, 1953 at Kezar, with plenty of on field brawling interrupted frequently by an NFL game. The 49ers had future heavyweight boxer Charlie Powell, veteran pro wrestler Leo Nomellini, and Hardy Brown, "the meanest man in football". The Eagles had Pete Pihos and Al Pollard. Even the marching band and the San Francisco police got involved in the fighting.

"They Were Really Good!" The 1975-77 Baltimore Colts by Jimmy Grant. One of the greatest comeback stories of the 70s NFL, as Joe Thomas and Ted Marchibroda turned a 2-12-0 Colts team into the AFC East Division winner three years in a row.

Northern Migration by Ryan C. Christiansen. Looking back at 1953, when Bud Grant and Mac Speedie bolted the NFL for higher salaries in Canada.

2019 PFRA Bookshelf by John Maxymuk. The annual bibliography of pro football books written in 2019 and published in 2020, including those by PFRA members Richard Bak, Patrick Gallivan, Martin S. Jacobs, Tommy A. Phillips, Joe Zagorski and the late Rupert Patrick.


December 6, 2020
Added: Added Charley Bivins, Marlin Briscoe, Charlie Brown, Bill Laskey (second bio), Marion Motley, Ken Rice and LaVerne Torczon biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


November 14, 2020
The latest class of the Hall of Very Good: Ottis Anderson, Jay Hilgenberg, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Ron McDole, Karl Mecklenburg, Richie Petitbon, Sterling Sharpe and Buddy Young

October 12, 2020
Added: Added Rupert Patrick's Gamebooks (1933-34, 1937-42, 1944-45), Added AFL Championship Gamebooks, Updated Game Officials List Members Only


October 4, 2020
Added: Added Bill Laskey, Bob Petrich, John Prchlik and Tom Saidock biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


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October 3, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 4
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. News on Rupert Patrick's final work, the new Jack Clary Award for service to the PFRA, and the Covid-19 pandemic that's changed the normal routine; as well as a PFRA member survey.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2020 Centennial Class by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Profiles and stats of the Modern Era inductees from this year's inductees—Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Bill Cowher, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Jimmy Johnson, Troy Polamalu, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, and George Young.

1950s NFL Tidbits by Andy Piascik. A look at the NFL's most stable era of the 20th century, the 12-team league with the 12-game season, Saturday night games on the DuMont Network, the two Cleveland Browns' teams ('51 and '53) with 11 Canton-bound players and coaches, and much more.


September 12, 2020
Added: Wayne Crow, Dick Cunningham, Ralph Felton, Jack Johnson, Howard Kindig, Charlie King, Tony King, Henry Schmidt and Donnie Stone biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


August 22, 2020
Added: Lawsuit document Chester v. WFL Members Only


August 21, 2020
Added: Bill Atkins, Linda Bogdan, Dan Darragh, Billy Joe, Bob Kalsu, Chick Maggioli, Bob Schmidt, Marty Schottenheimer and Jack Spikes biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


August 7, 2020
Added: Max Anderson, Bill Fralic, Booth Lusteg, Mike McBath, Gary McDermott, Tom O'Connell, Art Powell and Willie West biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


July 27, 2020
Added: Willie Grate, John Green, Ben Gregory, Tom Janik, Billy Masters, Preston Ridlehuber, Kay Stephenson and Jim Wagstaff biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


July 16, 2020
Added: Nate Borden, Hezekiah Braxton, Bob Brodhead, Dave Costa, Chuck DeVleigher, Lou Feist, Angelo Loukas, Leroy Moore, Bob Pifferini, Tom Sherman and O.J. Simpson biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


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July 14, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 3
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. The PFRA's Biography Project has been launched. Also, an announcement on the passing of long-time PFRA president Jack Clary.

Official 2020 Hall of Very Good Ballot. The deadline for submitting your ballot is October 31, 2020.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centennial Class of 2020: Seniors. by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Profiles of the 10 seniors inducted to Canton, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

The NFL's Space Ship Division by Richard Bak. The first NFL try at radios in the helmets, the 1956 experiment by the Lions when radios weren't that compact.

Repus Bowl I: November 27, 1983 by Denis M. Crawford. When 1-11 Tampa Bay and 1-11 Houston played the game billed as the opposite of the Super Bowl, deciding which team was the worst in the league.


July 1, 2020
Added: Gary Bugenhagen, Marv Hubbard, Robert James, Mike Mercer, Tom Rychlec and Sid Youngelman biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


June 25, 2020
Added: Bobby Burnett, Don Chelf, Tom Flores, Art Laster, Jim Otto, Art Shell and Ken Stabler biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


June 15, 2020
Added: Art Baker, Doug Goodwin, Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks and John Matuszak biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


June 8, 2020
Added: Marcus Allen, Lyle Alzado, Benny Russell and Manch Wheeler biographies to Biography Committee Biography Committee


June 2, 2020
Added: George Ratterman Biography to Biography Committee Biography Committee


May 13, 2020
Added: Biography Committee Biography Committee


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May 6, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 2
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. The PFRA Convention has been postponed to June 24-27, 2021. Details on hotel reservations are included.

The Saints of Old Tulane by Joe Zagorski. A season-by-season look at the years that the Saints played in Tulane Stadium (1967-1974).

When the Eagles Took Flight by Jimmy Grant. A look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 1980 championship run and what led up to that season.

2019 Player Deaths. A listing of the players who passed away in 2019.

A Critique of the Official 1960s All-Decade Team by Andy Piascik. The author takes a look at the official all-decade team of the 1960s and proposes an alternative version.


April 25, 2020
Added: Arena Football Leage Resources, Players who Played in the NFL and CFL, 2020 XFL Media Guide and Rules, Interview with Upton Bell. Members Only


April 19, 2020
2020 PFRA Convention Is Rescheduled!!


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March 22, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 42, Number 1
Available to Members Only

State of the PFRA. Executive Director Mark L. Ford discusses election results, the PFRA website, and the 2020 PFRA Convention.

2019 PFRA Awards. The announcement of the Ralph Hay Award for lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography, Nelson Ross Award for recent achievement in pro football history and the Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award for the best "The Coffin Corner" article of the year.

Hall of Very Good Class of 2019. Biographies of the Class of 2019, written by Andy Piascik (Ed White), Matt Reaser (Everson Walls), Jeff Miller (Art Powell), Jay Thomas (Abner Haynes & Roger Craig), Matthew Keddie (Joe Jacoby & Deron Cherry), and John Turney (Joey Browner).

A Critique of the Official 1950s All-Decade Team by Andy Piascik. Piascik goes into detail on each selection of the 1950s All-Decade team as determined by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. Were these the best players of the decade? Were there better choices? An alternative team is proposed by the author.

The First Pro Pass, Revisited...Again by Gregg Ficery. Additional research by the author has discovered an earlier date to the first pro pass. Who was the passer and who caught the pass? The article details that game.

Detroit's Bid to Land Pro Football's Shrine by Richard Bak. A detailed account of Detroit's bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to be located in the motor city, instead of Canton.


March 14, 2020
2020 PFRA Convention Updates
PFRA Awards for 2019
Gamebooks (Members Only)


March 1, 2020
2020 PFRA Convention
The bi-annual PFRA meeting will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, June 18-21.
New speakers added. Also add-on activities for Thursday, Friday and Sunday.


February 6, 2020
Members Only
Added 2019 Gamebooks, Added 2019 Linescores, Added Annual Report-FY2019


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January 17, 2020
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 41, Number 6
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. An update from George Bozeka on the 2020 PFRA Convention at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio from June 18–21 next year that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NFL, including information on the special hotel discount and a list of events and speakers. Also PFRA election results.

The Unlikely Rivalry: Ken O'Brien vs. Dan Marino by Jon Taub. A look at the two of the quarterbacks from the famed draft class of 1983: Ken O'Brien and Dan Marino. How did their careers turn out and how did they fair against similar competition?

Immaculate Saturday: One Glorious Day, Two Magnificent Games by Brad Schultz. Everyone remembers the Immaculate Reception. Do you remember the Dallas-San Francisco game from the same day? The one where Dallas rallied for 17 points to beat the 49ers to advance to the NFC Championship Game? This article is an analysis of why one was revered and one is all but forgotten.

Cleveland's Dawg Pound by Roger Gordon. A look at the history of Cleveland's Dawg pound and how it got its name.

The First Pro Pass, Revisited by Ken Crippen. In 1979, Bob Carroll wrote an article on the first documented forward pass. A group of researchers have found two additional passes that occurred prior to Bob's documented pass.


January 17, 2020
Hall of Very Good Class of 2019
The PFRA's Hall of Very Good Class of 2019 has been announced.


January 6, 2020
WFL Clippings and Information
Newspaper clippings and other information from the World Football League.


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November 8, 2019
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 41, Number 5
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. An update from George Bozeka on the 2020 PFRA Convention at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio from June 18–21 next year that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NFL, including information on the special hotel discount and a list of events and speakers.

Before the Bears, Before Halas: The Decatur Staleys by Chris Serb. A history of the early years of the A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company’s industrial team that was founded in 1919 and would become the Chicago Bears, including the firm’s fortuitous hiring of George Halas as an employee and player-coach in 1920.

Un-Bear-ably Close: Chicago’s Many Near Misses of the Post-War Era by Andy Piascik. The Bears—along with the rival Packers—dominated the early years of the NFL, winning seven NFL titles in the 25 years since their first championship in 1921. But they would not win another league title until 1963. This is a recounting of the close calls and agonizing finishes of the club after World War II.

2019 PFRA Bookshelf by John Maxymuk. A bibliography of books on professional football (with a few notable exceptions) published or scheduled to be published in 2019, with highlighted titles by PFRA members.


October 9, 2019
2020 PFRA Convention
The bi-annual PFRA meeting will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, June 18-21.
New panel of speakers added.


September 23, 2019
2020 PFRA Convention
The bi-annual PFRA meeting will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, June 18-21.
Additional speaker added.


September 10, 2019
2020 PFRA Convention
The bi-annual PFRA meeting will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, June 18-21.
Additional details released, as well as PayPal registration and payment.


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August 31, 2019
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 41, Number 4
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. The candidates for the office of President of the PFRA release their statements on their vision of the future of the organization.

Official PFRA Elections Ballot. Note that the deadline for voting is October 31, 2019.

The Class of 2019 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Career capsules, highlights, statistics and awards from this year’s Hall of Fame class: Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.

The NFL’s Greatest Backup Quarterback by Mark A. Sullivan. A biography and career overview of Earl Morrall, who played in the league for 21 years, won an NFL title, an MVP award and was a member of three Super Bowl champion teams.

Quick Hits with Al Carapella by John Vorperian. A freewheeling interview with the former Pro Bowler and San Francisco 49er from the Fifties that includes biographical details of the 90-plus-year-old ex-player.


August 31, 2019
2018 Linescores
The 2018 linescores have been added.
This is available to Members Only.


August 3, 2019
AAFC Scoresheets
PFRA is happy to announce that we have added the All-America Football Conference's offical scoresheets to our collection of historical documents. Included in these files is the scoresheet for every game from the 1946, 1947 and 1949 seasons.
This unqiue collection is available to Members Only.


July 25, 2019
NFL Gamebooks
We have added a significant number of new gamebooks to our collection of NFL gamebooks.
Our holdings are now complete back to the 1996 season and we now have 12134 of the 12847 regular season and playoffs games played by the NFL and the AFL since 1960.
This amazing treasure trove of NFL history is available to Members Only.


July 18, 2019
United Football League
Gamebooks for the 2009-12 United Football Football League.
Available to Members Only


July 16, 2019
2020 PFRA Convention
The bi-annual PFRA meeting will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, June 18-21.
Additional details about hotel accomodations and speakers to come in the following weeks.


July 14, 2019
World Football League
Game summaries, milestones and transactions for the World Football League.
Available to Members Only


July 5, 2019
Player Profile: Ox Emerson
The third in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


July 4, 2019
Player Profile: Al Wistert
The second in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


June 30, 2019
Player Profile: Lavvie Dilweg
The first in a series of articles profiling players throughout NFL history.


This month's Coffin Corner

June 25, 2019
The new issue of The Coffin Corner
Volume 41, Number 3
Available to Members Only

PFRA-ternizing. An update on the candidates and deadlines for PFRA elective offices in 2019, the official announcement of the weekend of June 18–21, 2020 for the PFRA Convention in Canton next year and birthday wishes for the PFRA at 40.

Official 2019 Hall of the Very Good Ballot. Note that the deadline for voting is October 31, 2019.

Present at the Creation: An Interview with Joe Horrigan on the Founding of the PFRA by Ken Crippen. The retiring executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame speaks on the founding of the organization and his memories of those early days of the PFRA and those who were at that first meeting in Canton, Ohio.

The Battle of the Decade: The 40th Anniversary of Super Bowl XIII by J. Brian Ross. A look back at the 1979 Cowboys vs. Steelers rematch of Super Bowl X that would become the most-watched sporting event in television history at the time and a key moment in deciding the NFL team of the Seventies.

The Modern Stadium Explosion: From the 1960s to the Present by Patrick Gallivan. A brief history of the era of multi-purpose and football stadium construction that began with the Houston Astrodome in 1965 and including the NFL stadiums that opened in the 1960s.


April 27, 2019
The First Issue of The Coffin Corner
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of PFRA, we take a look back at the first issue of "The Coffin Corner."
Full Issue

Hall of Very Good Logo

1958 Baltimore Colts

The 1966 Green Bay Packers

The All-America Football Conference