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When did the NFL start and who started it?

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2012-05-11 01:08:30
2012-05-11 01:08:30

The NFL (National Football League) evolved from an earlier league, the APFA (American Professional Football Association) in 1922.

AnswerThe NFL was formed on August 20, 1920 in Canton, Ohio. The idea to form a professional football league was developed by a number of businessman and players from semi-pro teams. Two determined supporters were A.E. Staley, owner of the Staley Starch Company and the Decatur Staleys football team in Decatur, Illinois and Ralph Hay, owner of of a Humpmobile Auto Company and the Canton, Ohio Bulldogs football team.

George S. Halas and nine other team representatives founded the American Professional Football Association. The membership fee was $110.00 per team. In 1922, the American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League.

George Halas became the father of the NFL.

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