PFRA: Resource for football history in America

Ken Crippen stops by the show to share the history of the Professional Football Researchers Association.  This site is one of the most extensive resources for pro football history in America, which is what I focus on in this show.  I give major credit to the PFRA for helping me in the beginning stages of my podcast, and I still use the site to this day when researching the yesteryear of the gridiron.  Jump below for more details about the PFRA and how to become a member.

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Ken is the president and former executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. He has been researching and writing about pro football history for over twenty years. In that time, he has published two books and numerous articles. He has also won multiple writing awards, the latest being the 2012 PFWA Dick Connor Writing Award for Feature Writing. In 2011, he was awarded the Ralph Hay award by the PFRA for lifetime achievement in pro football history. His writing has been featured on National Football Post, Cold Hard Football Facts, The Packer Report and Coffin Corner. I have also appeared on Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and WGR (Buffalo).

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Pro Football Researchers Association History

The PFRA was founded on June 22, 1979 in the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.  What a fitting place to build an association dedicated to preserving the same history the Hall of Fame does.  Let’s just say football history in America would soon be uncovered like never before. 

Just like Ralph Hay’s gang, there was a group we can call the founding fathers.  Six were named by the site:

  • Bob Carroll – the first President
  • Bob Braunwart – the first Vice President
  • Vic Frolund – the first Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joe Horrigan – ended up becoming Secretary later
  • Tom Nikitas
  • Jim Stewart

From the PFRA Website, this was the original purpose of the organization:

“The purposes of the organization are to foster the study of professional football as a significant and athletic institution; to establish an accurate historical account of professional football; and to disseminate research information. “

Become Member and Get Published

Are you interested in becoming a member of the PFRA yet?  Or even better, have you ever dreamed of seeing your work in print?  Think it would be cool to go to a convention with like minded people and meet some of your heroes?  There are many ways to get involved with the PFRA and learn more about football history in America.

2020 Hall of Fame Fact Sheets

We discussed how the PFRA has been responsible for getting much deserved men elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This past year, the PFRA sent four fact sheets of the players they endorsed to the senior committee for review.  Ken sent us over the links for you to take a look at and make a decision for yourself if you think they should have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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