Cowboys vs. Eagles, This One Is For First

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NFL Logos change over the years. We’ve seen our own Cowboys logo go from a plain blue star to a blue star with a white border to the current star with a blue and a white border. Our opponent Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles have a History behind their logo as well. The Eagles’ fist logo was taken from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act logo. That logo was the inspiration for their mascot, which of course is our National bird. Philadelphia is sometimes called the birthplace of the nation due to the revolutionary ties to our founding. I have no idea where they get off still calling themselves the City of Brotherly Love. That just no longer fits.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in the NFL since 1933. They were originally called the Frankford Yellow Jackets, but that franchise went bankrupt in 1931. They were out of football in 1932, then in 1933 the franchise was awarded to Bert Bell and Lud Wray. They were college teammates at Pennsylvania. Wray left the Yellow Jackets to become the very first Head Coach of the Boston Braves, who later became the current day Washington Redskins. Bert Bell soldiered on alaone with the Eagles and was a true football man. He is credited with creating the NFL Draft. The first Draft was held in 1935 for the 1936 season. The very first player ever drafted was Jay Berwanger out of Chicago, by the Eagles. If Bert Bell could see the Draft today I bet he would smile. Bert Bell also was the Eagles Head Coach from 1936 to 1940.

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Bell left the Eagles to be co-owner of the Steelers with Art Rooney. In reality Rooney sold the Steelers to a man named Alex Thompson. Then joined Bell with the Eagles and together they traded the Eagles for the Steelers. Not many people realize that the Steelers once were not owned by the Rooney family, but this is true. During World War II the two teams joined together to become the Steagles, and then they separated back into 2 franchises after the War. Bert Bell was the Head Coach of the Steelers or Steagles from 1941 to 1946 when he resigned to assume the office of NFL Commissioner. He replaced Elmer Layden in that role, and became the first true powerful NFL Commissioner, a position that originally was called President. Layden was the first true Commissioner.

Bert Bell died in 1959 while watching a game between the Eagles, whom he co-founded, co-owned, and coached, and the Steelers whom he co-owned and coached until he stepped down to become NFL Commissioner. Legend has it that he died as the Eagles scored the game winning touchdown. He had planned to resign as NFL Commissioner and resume ownership of the Eagles. Due to his passing those plans never happened. He was eventually replaced as NFL Commissioner by Pete Rozelle.

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