Each episode of “When Football Was Football” will take the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Your host, Joe Ziemba, will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!
Tales From Forgotten NFL Training Camps
With training camps around the National Football League opening up soon, we’d like to take you back to a different time and place when pre-season sessions looked much, much different.
Jimmy Conzelman: NFL's Most Unique Coach
How would you like to have this guy for your football coach? He looks a bit wild-eyed, his hair is a mess, and his suit is severely wrinkled. A long cigarette continuously dangles from his mouth, and an ever-present bottle of Coca-Cola always lurks nearby.
Fastest Man in Baseball History - Was a Pro Football Player!
Who do you think is the fastest player in big league history? Ricky Henderson? Lou Brock? Ty Cobb? Tim Raines? The correct answer would be none of the above and the person in question was actually better known as a football player with the Chicago Cardinals, not for his solid major league baseball career.
Early NFL Players Tackle Off-Season Jobs
Before the television era of professional football, which certainly changed the financial outlook of the National Football League, most players still needed to work at some other profession, often both during and after the football season.
Ernie Nevers' First Pro Football Game
Fans of football history usually find the name of Ernie Nevers to be a familiar one. Not a household name in 2021, but certainly one that ripples with respect with the knowledge that Nevers was one of the all-time greats in the National Football League.
From Okinawa to Wrigley Field: WWII Vets Outflank Halas!
As we celebrate our first anniversary of “When Football Was Football” on the Sports History Network, we can look back at a wide variety of episodes from the golden days of football in the Chicago area. However, we’ve never taken the approach of discussing the passion of football fans in the Chicago area.