Saturday, November 5, 2016

"When Football Was Football"- The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL

When Joe Ziemba (above) of St. Benedict's College (Atchison, KS) was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1940, his contract called for a salary of $110 per game. Of course, players back then were also required to provide their own shoulder pads and shoes! His story provided the inspiration for his son to write the comprehensive book on the history of the Chicago Cardinals.  Great book Joe!! Check out his Facebook page..


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