DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 20, 2020) – In Issue 54 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature celebrates the 100th birthday of the NFL – National Football League

Cleveland Browns Helmet 2020 – 100 years later (Stock Photo)


Happy 100th birthday NFL!

Representatives from four Ohio football teams met 100 years ago today in an auto showroom in Canton, Ohio.  They managed to form a league called American Professional Football Conference.  The four teams hailed from Canton, Akron, Dayton and Cleveland.

By the end of 1920 the league expanded to fourteen teams.  The league was renamed to National Football League two years later.  And the rest is history.

Can you name the 32 NFL teams currently hoping to play ball in the fall?

In the early years football teams tended to travel by train.  To honor that, here is an Ohio Railway System map from 1912 issued by the State. 

Ohio Railway System map from 1912 – (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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