9 episodes

American Football is the untold tale of the rough-and-tumble origins of the National Football League. Produced and presented by Michael Strahan and narrated by actress and pro football enthusiast Kate Mara, this podcast reaches back into the past to explain the dirty, bloody, and tumultuous beginnings of America's most popular sport.
Born from the grassroots of Middle America in the early 20th century, football exploded in popularity but quickly became rife with class conflict both on the field and off. Together, new immigrants and the American underclass fought to play a brand-new sport that defined the American spirit but was controlled by the American elite.
American Football is a fast-paced tale about the creation of the game as it transitions from an amateur sport defined by drama and corruption to one of the most premier leagues in the world. The central figures in this story, some famous and some forgotten, drive forward this drama series that mirrors American history.
From The HISTORY® Channel, SMAC Entertainment, and Misher Films, American Football brings together today’s greatest players, coaches, and personalities to explore the history of the sport. It features a unique play-by-play format that recreates classic games using the renowned voices of our modern era. Listen as each episode introduces us to the extraordinary heroes whose dreams and desires shaped football into what it is today.

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    • 4.7 • 105 Ratings

American Football is the untold tale of the rough-and-tumble origins of the National Football League. Produced and presented by Michael Strahan and narrated by actress and pro football enthusiast Kate Mara, this podcast reaches back into the past to explain the dirty, bloody, and tumultuous beginnings of America's most popular sport.
Born from the grassroots of Middle America in the early 20th century, football exploded in popularity but quickly became rife with class conflict both on the field and off. Together, new immigrants and the American underclass fought to play a brand-new sport that defined the American spirit but was controlled by the American elite.
American Football is a fast-paced tale about the creation of the game as it transitions from an amateur sport defined by drama and corruption to one of the most premier leagues in the world. The central figures in this story, some famous and some forgotten, drive forward this drama series that mirrors American history.
From The HISTORY® Channel, SMAC Entertainment, and Misher Films, American Football brings together today’s greatest players, coaches, and personalities to explore the history of the sport. It features a unique play-by-play format that recreates classic games using the renowned voices of our modern era. Listen as each episode introduces us to the extraordinary heroes whose dreams and desires shaped football into what it is today.

    Episode 1: Canton, Ohio

    Episode 1: Canton, Ohio

    The sport of American football began as a stand-in for war – a place where young men at elite colleges could prove their mettle fighting on the gridiron.

    • 39 min
    Episode 2: Path Lit by Great Flash of Lightning

    Episode 2: Path Lit by Great Flash of Lightning

    Rocked by an unproven betting scandal, the professional game needed a bright new star to light its way.

    • 42 min
    Episode 3: Gentleman Joe

    Episode 3: Gentleman Joe

    While Jim Thorpe helped resuscitate the pro game on the field, the loose affiliation of teams were still in desperate need of organization and legitimacy. With an ever-changing number of self-interested owners, competing for ticket sales and victory at all costs, they needed a new sheriff who could come in and impose order.

    • 41 min
    Episode 4: The Human Torpedo

    Episode 4: The Human Torpedo

    In 1920, the first official year of the NFL’s storied history, its success was anything but assured.

    • 41 min
    Episode 5: Papa Bear

    Episode 5: Papa Bear

    Lombardi, Belichick, Landry, Shula – only a handful of names so completely evoke the heart and soul of a team.

    • 38 min
    Episode 6: A New York Giant

    Episode 6: A New York Giant

    Five years in and the young NFL was a success – if the goal of every team was to lose money.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Books on Tape Junkie ,

Excellent History

This is very well done and most enjoyable.
Kate Mara, football heiress and actress does a great job narrating a very well written script. This first season covers the about the first decade of the NFL from the late teens through the late twenties. I am afraid this is a one off thought as it came out December 2022.

Ranggyu ,

Good

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torijulieandevan ,

Football

I’m a football player to

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