Five Unusual Historic Tales About the Chicago Cardinals

When a team like the Cardinals has been around for over 120 years, we tend to find some unusual stories and circumstances about that team. While we are all aware of how the club has called three major cities home during its lifetime and captured NFL championships in 1925 and 1947, we’ll dive a bit … Read more

Greatest Christmas Moments In Chicago Cardinals’ History

Unlike Thanksgiving, football games on Christmas Day were few and far between in the early days of the Cardinals. So, before we celebrate the big holiday this year (no—not the Super Bowl!), we’ll slip back in time to discover when the Cards were actually busy on December 25th. Read the whole story or listen to … Read more

Charley Trippi Was the NFL’s First “Bonus Baby”

Charley Trippi was the last piece of the Chicago Cardinals famed “Dream Backfield.”  As an All-American out of Georgia, the pursuit for future Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi was on, not just by football teams.  This ultimately made Trippi the NFL’s first “Bonus Baby,” covered in this week’s episode of When Football Was … Read more

The Birth of Indoor Football in the NFL

Indoor football in the NFL is not uncommon as we approach the 100th birthday of the league in a few days.  However, this was not always the case.  The Houston Astrodome was the first domed stadium in the NFL, home to the Oilers from 1968 – 1996.  Pro Football’s first indoor game was at the … Read more

The Strange, Sad, and Curious Case of Johnny Grigas

Back in the 1960s, a short-lived television program debuted that was simply called “Branded.” It was the story of a wounded soldier in the 1860s who fought bravely and survived a dreadful battle, only to be “branded” as a deserter since he was the lone survivor. Despite his previous heroics in battle, all of that … Read more

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