Pass Receiving in Early Pro Football

A History to the 1960s

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About the Book

Big television contracts in the 1960s created the Super Bowl, as well as the 1970 merger of the National Football League with the pass-oriented American Football League. Since then, professional football has been America’s most popular televised team sport, developing into a wide-open passing game by the 21st century.
Handling the completion side of the aerial game, receivers are not often as celebrated as quarterbacks or coaches, even in the era of San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice’s supremacy. This book provides a history of pro pass receiving and its influence on the game prior to the televised era.
The author studies pro football’s formative and mid–20th century years, highlighting the players who pulled pigskins from flight, like the legendary Don Hutson, Gibby Welch, Johnny Blood, Ray Flaherty, Crazy Legs Hirsch, Mac Speedie, Choo Choo Roberts and many others.

About the Author(s)

Author, newspaper journalist and film critic Jerry Roberts lives in Carson, California.

Bibliographic Details

Jerry Roberts
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 25 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9946-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2228-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

One. Initiating the Forward Pass in American Football 5

Two. College Football in 1906 11

Three. Pop Warner at Carlisle 21

Four. Knute Rockne vs. Army 28

Five. Receiving in Pro Football’s Earliest Times 34

Six. The NFL’s Fledgling Years 41

Seven. The First Dynasty: Green Bay 52

Eight. The Chicago Bears and the T Formation 59

Nine. The First Receiving Superstar: Don Hutson of Green Bay 78

Ten. Monsters of the Midway 84

Eleven. The Pivotal 1943 Season and After 96

Twelve. Clark Shaughnessy and Offensive Firepower 109

Thirteen. Paul Brown in the AAFC and NFL 124

Fourteen. Between the AAFC and AFL: More Deep Threats Emerge 140

Fifteen. Tight End: Biography of a Position 149

Sixteen. Running Backs as Receivers 175

Appendix: Individual Honors 207

Chapter Notes 219

Bibliography 228

Index 237