Bert Bell

One of the founders of NFL

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Basic Facts 1

Bert Bell- creator of the NFL
Born:February 25, 1895 Philadelphia
Death: October11,1959 Philadelphia
Position: quarterback
Children:Upton Bell
Education:University of Pennsylvania ,the Haverford school
Pittsburg steelers(1941-1941) and(1940-1946) and Philadelphia eagles(1936-1940)
Commissioner :1946 to1959
League administator , owner
He dedicated his life to football
It brought jobs to many people and entertainment to other people.
Creating more rules and changing some nfl rules and owning some teams.
He played for penn state and took the team to the rose bowl

Basic facts 2

Went to the hall of fame in 1963
he established the draft system for the first time in 1935
Died during a football game.
Had a heart attack when he was 64 years old.
He always tried to make the nfl go on tv.
He coached the Pittsbufrg Steelers and also the Philadelphia Eagles.
His parents, John Crowell Bell, a lawyer in Philadelphia, and Fleurette de Benneville Myers sent him to Haverford Preparatory School in 1911. He struggled at academics, but his talents as a young football, baseball and basketball player became popular.
Bell was called upon for service in World War I, where he served at a mobile hospital unit in France until the end of the war.
On May 6, 1934, Bell married Frances Upton, a Broadway Actress.
On January 11, 1946, Bert Bell sold the Steelers franchise and was nominated NFL Commissioner.
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Early life

His father was an attorney who was elected the Pennsylvania Attorney General. His older brother, John C. Jr., was born in 1892. Bert's parents were very wealthy. His father was a Quaker so he took Bert to football games. His first football game he seen was when he was 6. He plays football with his friends a lot and he was very fond of it. In a rare occurrence for a sophomore, he became the starting quarterback for Penn's coach George H. Brooke. On the team, he also was as a defender, punter, and punt returner.

Bell assesmbled the stanley professional football team in 1920, but he disbanded it due to negative publicity produced by the Black Sox Scandal. He joined John Heisman's staff at Penn as anssistant coach in 1920,and Bell would remain thereat for several years. At Penn, he was well regarded as a football coach, and after its 1924 season, he drew offers for, but declined, head-coaching assignments at other universities.

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Philadelphia Eagles

By early 1933, Bell wanted to become an owner of a team based in Philadelphia. However, college football games were provisioned for Saturdays, attracted a far greater attendance than NFL games, and the Pennsylvania Blue Laws prohibited the playing of professional football on Sundays.The Eagles' inability to seriously challenge other teams made it difficult to sell tickets, and his failure to sign a talented college prospect led him to decide that the only way to bring stability to the league was to institute a draft to ensure the weakest teams had an advantage in signing the better players. In 1935, his proposal for a draft was accepted, and in February 1936, the first draft kicked off, at which he acted as Master of Ceremonies. In 1936 Bell led the Eagles to an 1–11 finish, their worst record ever (as of the 2013 season). In December, an application for a franchise in Los Angeles was opposed by Bell and Rooney as they deemed it too far of a distance to travel for games. During the Eagles 1937 season, the record was 2-8-1 In the Eagles' first profitable season, In 1938 they posted a 5–6 record. The Eagles finished 1–9–1 in 1939 and 1–10 in 1940. Next year he joins the Eagles.
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NFL Commisioner

Although he never played football professionally, DeBenneville "Bert" Bell brought the game to unprecedented heights of popularity with his awsome ideas and hardball style of business. An unsuccessful coach, Bell as the National Football League's second commissioner in the 1950s. During his 13-year reign, he created the amateur collegiate draft, established strong anti-gambling controls, instituted television blackouts for home games, and thought the merger of the NFL and the All-American Football Conference. Bell rooted for the underdog, and always acted for the good of the game. He always loved football in his life.

Bert Bells life

Bert Bell was born in the Main Line section of Philadelphia to a wealthy family with real estate holdings and political clout. His grandfather was a congressman, his father served as a Pennsylvania attorney general, and his brother was a state governor. Bell attended Haverford Prep high school and played football at Franklin Field.
De Benneville "Bert" Bell (February 25, 1895 - October 11, 1959