25 Little-Known Facts About the NFL

By: Ian Fortey

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The modern NFL has come a long way from its roots in the 1920s. It's now a massive, multi-billion dollar entertainment conglomerate that dominates the world of professional sports. Each year the Super Bowl is an epic television event that draws in crowds like almost nothing else not just to see the game but to see the spectacle, the elaborate halftime show, and even the excessive and expensive commercials that air at the same time. Way back in the day, things were quite a bit different. Safety gear was barely a concern, and there were numerous teams that no longer exist and have been lost to history like the Pottsville Maroons and the Evansville Crimson-Giants.

Obviously, none of us were around to see those early games in the '20s, and few people are aware of much of the league's history up through the '50s and even the '60s. But as the NFL has grown to become the dominant force in American sports, there's been plenty to catch up on and learn about. The incredible matchups, the shifting, and growing team dynamics and, of course, the personalities that exist on and off the field every Sunday. If you think you know the NFL you may yet be surprised to learn some of these lesser-known NFL facts! Take a look and see!

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