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Celebrating pro and college football history, one legend at a time. Guests include legends of the National Football League, American Football League, and NCAA football.

The Game Before the Money: NFL, AFL,and NCAA Football Legends Jackson Michael

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Celebrating pro and college football history, one legend at a time. Guests include legends of the National Football League, American Football League, and NCAA football.

    Ep 47: 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers - Best NFL Draft Class Ever?

    Ep 47: 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers - Best NFL Draft Class Ever?

    Lionel Taylor, Charlie Davis, and Vito Stellino discuss the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft class that produced 4 Pro Football Hall of Fame members: Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster. Pittsburgh also signed future Hall of Famer Donnie Shell as part of their 1974 rookie class.
    Taylor, a former Denver Broncos star, was the receivers coach for the Steelers. He shares his scouting reports of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Davis was the Steelers 9th round pick and shares his experience of making the team and winning Super Bowl 9. Stellino covered the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and tells us what team ALMOST got Lynn Swann.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released every other week, except for certain episodes that may take longer to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.
    You can donate to support the podcast at FootballHistory (buymeacoffee.com)

    • 28 min
    Ep 46: 1958 NFL Championship – An Insider’s Look at the Game that Changed the NFL Forever

    Ep 46: 1958 NFL Championship – An Insider’s Look at the Game that Changed the NFL Forever

    Upton Bell’s father Bert Bell was NFL Commissioner when the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in overtime to claim the 1958 NFL Championship Game. The game is often called “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Hear Upton share his memories of attending the game and how Johnny Unitas’ leadership and poise still inspire him decades later. The episode also recaps the game by recalling lost moments and illustrates how the drama of the 1958 NFL Championship permanently lofted the NFL to new heights and sent the league on its way to becoming the most popular sports league in U.S. history.
    This episode is Part 2 of a three-part series, "Three Games that Changed the NFL, featuring guest Upton Bell." Part 1 is Episode 40 of The Game Before the Money Podcast -- "1948 NFL Championship -- The Cornerstone of Super Bowl Sunday." Part 3 will focus on Super Bowl 3.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released every other week, except for certain episodes that may take longer to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.
    Sound effects and original music produced and composed by 11 Productions.

    • 47 min
    Ep 45: Hugh McElhenny -- Long Live the King!

    Ep 45: Hugh McElhenny -- Long Live the King!

    Hall of Famer Hugh “The King” McElhenny shared stories via email for this episode of The Game Before the Money Podcast. McElhenny is best known for his years with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s and his ability to turn running plays and screen passes into huge plays and long touchdowns. He also still holds school records at the University of Washington over 70 years after his NCAA football career ended.
    Learn how Hugh McElhenny got his nickname, “The King,” and about his incredible college career that made him a first-round pick in the 1952 NFL Draft. McElhenny also played for the Minnesota Vikings in their first two seasons and for the New York Giants in the 1963 NFL Championship Game. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released every other week, except for certain episodes that may take longer to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 24 min
    Ep 44: NFL Defensive Plays that Won Championships

    Ep 44: NFL Defensive Plays that Won Championships

    Hear about three of the greatest defensive plays in NFL history. Each clinched a victory in the NFL Championship Game during the 1960s. Two were made by Hall of Famers.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week, except for certain episodes that take about two weeks to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 23 min
    Ep 43: Super Bowl Quarterbacks

    Ep 43: Super Bowl Quarterbacks

    Did you know that only a handful of NFL quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl? A mere 4 quarterbacks have combined to win 30 percent of all Super Bowls and only 33 quarterbacks have ever won the big game. Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have both won at least 1 Super Bowl and so the number of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in NFL history isn’t going to change after Super Bowl 55. In fact, the trend of only a few quarterbacks winning league championships goes all the way back to the 1940s and includes the American Football League and the AFL Championship Game.The pattern also extends to the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game. Since 1998, the AFC Championship Game has featured at least one of a select group of six quarterbacks starting the game. Learn more about this QB reality in this football history podcast. Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week, except for certain episodes that take about two weeks to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 25 min
    Ep 42: How Lamar Hunt and Hank Stram Built the Kansas City Chiefs

    Ep 42: How Lamar Hunt and Hank Stram Built the Kansas City Chiefs

    Lamar Hunt founded both the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs. He hired Hank Stram as the team’s head coach and the franchise won more AFL championships than any other team. Learn how Hunt and Stram built the Chiefs (originally known as the Dallas Texans) and how connections with two universities played a major role in the team’s history. You’ll also find out how the Chiefs got their name.
    This episode is a “Five Minutes of Football History” edition of The Game before the Money Podcast. 
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week, except when certain episodes take longer to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

sdr66 ,

Knowledgeable and engaging

The host gives a very good look at football, standing squarely at the intersection of sports and history.

GNIKDET ,

Big fan of Jackson Michael’s football history!

Congratulations, Jackson, on your new podcast. Really liked your book and this is the perfect next stage of documenting football history both in the pros and in college. Saves you from compiling another book. This is the digital age for eternity, well catalogued and preserved, released sooner to the public, and accessible to all.
Just heard the introduction and was bummed those already recorded episodes (including the Tom Osborne) were not uploaded yet. 5 Stars in advance! Keep up the good work.

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