Welcome to "This Day In History," the SpartaBlog column that features historically significant events associated with particular dates, and highlights related Library resources.
On September 17, 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, Ohio. The organization changed its name to the more familiar National Football League (NFL) in 1922. Fourteen teams formed the original association; now there are 32 teams in the NFL, divided into the National Conference and American Conference. The culmination of each football season is the Super Bowl -- one of the most-watched annual events on television -- which gives the reigning champions bragging rights until the following year. In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their record-breaking sixth Super Bowl in 2009.
Interested in football? Tackle some of these resources at the NCC Libraries!
Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport
by Michael Oriard
GV 954.3 .O75 2007 Stacks
Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship
by David Fleming
GV 956 .P68 F54 2007 Stacks
The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet
by Jerome Bettis
GV 939 .B48 A3 2007 Stacks
The Lion in Autumn: A Season With Joe Paterno and Penn State Football
by Frank Fitzpatrick
GV 958 .P46 F58 2005 Stacks
Notre Dame and the Game That Changed Football: How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend
by Frank P. Maggio
GV 939 .H316 M34 2007 Stacks
The Real All-Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation
by Sally Jenkins
GV 958 .U33 J45 2007 Stacks
"National Football League." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Online. 8 Sept.
Photo credit: "Pro Football Hall of Fame." Online photograph. Pro Football Hall of Fame: Facts and History Web site. 14 Sept. 2009. http://www.profootballhof.com/hall/hof-history.aspx