How Minnesota Football Saved the NFL In the 1920s

One of our best writers here at Zone Coverage has been working hard on a multi-part documentary on the history of the Minnesota Vikings. Luke Braun will start by releasing a prologue on how Minnesota saved professional football.

From Luke:

For the next several Saturdays, I will be posting a seven-part documentary on the History of the Minnesota Vikings. This is the prologue to that series, an unofficial short story about the Ernie Nevers Eskimos of Duluth and how they saved NFL football.

In 1926, the NFL was in dire straits as other leagues were cropping up all over the country, including one headlined by the NFL’s former golden boy, Red Grange. The Duluth Kelleys had lost their sponsorship, and their fledgling team was circling the drain. Their owner courted a nationally recognized superstar named Ernie Nevers, and what happened next may have saved the NFL as an organization.

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