The NFL’s first season: We’ve come a long way since 1920

by Jeff Nixon posted May 29, 2011

The NFL has completed 90 years of football and I thought it would be interesting for all NFL alumni to see what the first season looked like.  

The following article was written by Ken Crippen and the staff at the PFRA (Professional Football Researchers Association).   They do a fantastic job bringing the history – “The Legacy” of professional football to life. 

There are approximately 1,000 former players between the ages of 91 and 73 that are still living.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get a “Legacy Fund” established this year and helped these great pioneers of the game. 

You can become a member of the PFRA and receive monthly issues of their newsletter “The Coffin Corner” by going to the website at this link: Pro Football Researchers Association

As you read the article, remember this quote from Robert Penn Warren – “The past is always a rebuke to the present”. 

Click on “Full Screen” at the bottom of the page for easier reading. 


About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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