Archive for 'Pro Football Hall of Fame'

Hawkeyes Revisited: Duke Slater

I wrote a book with over 220 pages about Duke Slater, so I could talk about him all day.  In terms of contributions to the Hawkeye athletic department, on the field and off, Duke Slater is, in my opinion, the greatest Hawkeye athlete of all time.  There are so many facets and aspects to his contributions to American sports that it seems impossible to cover them all.  But in this edition of Hawkeyes Revisited, I’m going to try to give you a quick overview of one of the most remarkable athletes of the twentieth century. Duke Slater Frederick Wayman Slater was…

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Alex Karras

Coming off of the dull bye week with some very sad news.  Iowa’s great #77, Alex Karras, passed away Wednesday at age 77. Karras was, without a doubt, one of the most interesting characters to ever wear a Hawkeye uniform.  A true non-conformist, Karras didn’t always have the smoothest relationship with the University of Iowa (or the Detroit Lions or seemingly anything or anyone else for that matter), but he was a fascinating personality and one of the most dominant football players of his era. Alex Karras Alex Karras developed into a football star at Gary Emerson High School in Indiana.  His recruitment…

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A Weekend at NFL Films

The Pro Football Researchers Association held their biannual meeting this past weekend at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  I had the opportunity to not only attend the meeting but also get a tour of NFL Films’ headquarters.  The tour gave me a rare glimpse inside where NFL Films are made and how the National Football League has carefully crafted its image as the most popular sports entity in America. History and Concept of NFL Films Ed Sabol founded Blair Motion Pictures in 1962, and the company really took off when he paid $4,000 for the right to film…

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