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Pro Football Hall of Fame Library
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Dave Robinson talks to members
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Buffalo History Museum

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.


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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

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1958 Baltimore Colts

The 1966 Green Bay Packers

The All-America Football Conference

2020 Convention
June 18-21, 2020
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Canton, Ohio