90 Years of Football Almanac

90 Years of Football Almanac

by Juan Llambes


Publisher BookBaby

Published in Sports/Football (American), Sports/General, Sports, Nonfiction

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90 Years of Football Almanac is a compilation of historical information about football leagues and teams. Where and how they originate. Standings for each year listing teams coach and quarterback by season from all major professional football leagues since 1920. It gives a brief description of team’s origins as they appear in history from leagues such as the APFA/NFL, AFL I, II & III, AAFC, the AFL of 1960, the WFL and the USFL. Find interesting facts about the origin and name changes of your favorite team. Learn about other teams and leagues and how they rose and fell throughout the years.

Sample Chapter


Although American Professional Football has been dominated by the well-known National Football League, the ninety years since organized professional leagues came about have seen multiple leagues created and compete for the revenues derived by professional sports since their inception.

Considered the “Father of American Football” Walter Camp helped mold the game in its initial stages as it converted from its origins in Scottish Rugby. The rules established by Camp for moving the ball a minimum of five yards within three downs and the establishment of a line of scrimmage would be the defining factors that would distinguished the game of American Football. Mostly played at the colligate level in the 1880’s it starts taking hold in cities and neighborhoods as clubs and Athletic Associations start picking up the game. These Athletic Association and Clubs would be the origin of Professional American Football.

During the early 1900’s the game would start taking shape but see a decline at the club and Athletic Association level due to the numerous injuries and even deaths at games. It would find a resurgence by the end of the second decade of the 20th century and in 1920 the first Professional League was born. Until 1920 teams would play mostly regional or inter-city games such as in the Ohio League or the New York Professional Football League. The creation of this new league would have teams from these Leagues compete on a more national level.

In this early period there were no set schedules and teams had to book their own games with other teams and without limitation as to the amount of games to be played. Teams could also schedule games with teams outside the league from other associations. As of the second season in 1921 only games played within the league counted towards the final standing. Independent associations or minor leagues were prevalent during this era and continued being a factor thru out American football history giving way to most of the leagues that would challenge the better-established NFL.

In the first 15 years (1920-1935) of recorded professional football leagues, the nation and fans were finding their way as teams folded almost as quickly as they were created. By the end of the twenties, out of 66 teams that formed within two professional leagues, 46 teams in the NFL folded. And in the second professional league to emerge, the AFL I started and ended with all teams folding after only one season.

Most teams of the day were formed from associations or clubs that played before joining a professional league. Some would even continue to play in non-professional associations that were common in the day after leaving a professional league. Many teams would change names or cities as teams were sold sometimes almost from season to season. At the end of the 1926 season the NFL decides to eliminate most of the non-performing teams as the league had grown to 22 teams. The 1927 season would only have 10 teams.

During the 30’s things started to settle down and by 1935 we see the NFL with most of the teams that are still in existence today and only competition leagues rising and falling within a season or two. Because of tie at the end of the 1932 season resulting in a season ending playoff game, in 1933 the NFL splits into 2 divisions, Eastern and Western and starts a Championship competition between the divisions with a final game each season. In 1935 we also see the NFL draft start, a brain child of Bert Bell co-founder of the Philadelphia Eagles who would later become Commissioner of the NFL from 1946 to 1959. Although only inter league games were counted towards the standings, teams would continue to play each other through the end of January after league competition would end for the season in December and play other teams from minor leagues or even collegiate teams.

By 1953 two more AFL leagues rise and fall and a third league the AAFC makes a good run at winning fan base from 1946 to 1949. Having made an impact but with most franchises in financial trouble the AAFC agrees to merge with the NFL. Only three teams are added in to the NFL for the 1950 season. These would be the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49rs and a Baltimore Colts. This Colts franchise only played one season (1950) and is not related to the current franchise in Indianapolis The NFL temporarily changes its name to “National-American Football League” after the merger but reverts back to the “NFL” only after a few months.

The NFL stood out and became the prominent league. The teams from the 1953 season are still in existence today without any folding and with only some minor changes. The one exception is the Cleveland Brown franchise which is the only to suspend operations in 1996 but brought back 3 years later due to fan based loyalty. In the NFL after 1953 we only see expansion teams added and the merger with the fourth AFL.

In 1960 the most notable AFL league comes into competition with the NFL which ultimately results in a merger in 1970. The NFL then splits into 2 conferences, the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) each with three divisions; East, Central and West. Most teams remain in their respective original leagues but three teams from the NFL were crossed over to the AFC in order to have equal amounts of teams in each conference, the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburg Steelers.

In 1966 we see the beginning of the Super Bowl era pitting together the winners of each league against each other in one final game at the end of each season. From 1966 to 1969 although commonly referred to as Super bowls I thru IV, these games were actually named “AFL-NFL World Championship Games”. The Super Bowl as it is known today was not played until the 1970 merger of both leagues.

After the 1970 merger of the fourth AFL and NFL, two more leagues rise in competition only to fail within a few years. The WFL (World Football League) from 1974 to 1975 and the USFL (United States Football League) from 1983 to 1985.

In the following pages are each season standings listing the Coach(s) and Quarterback(s) for that season. Each team in its corresponding league division and or conference.


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Juan Llambes

Juan Llambes

Juan is a typical football fans who wanted to see information about the sport that had been pivotal for him since his youth organized in a certain way that could be easily understood. A Dolphin fan all his life he remembers as a young boy the fanfare in Miami for the perfect season in 1972. Together with 3 consecutive Super Bowl appearances it became the driving force and thirst for the knowledge he would uncover in hours of research.

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