Pro Football in the 1970s

Sports History Network

Pro Football in the 1970s is part of the Sports History Network, hosted by the author of multiple pro football books, Joe Zagorski. Each episode delves into moments in gridiron history that include great players, unforgettable plays, memorable games, and many more instances of what made football America's favorite sport.

SHN Presents: Marty's Illegal Stick (A Hockey History Podcast) - SHN Trailers
Sep 7 2022
SHN Presents: Marty's Illegal Stick (A Hockey History Podcast) - SHN Trailers
Marty's Illegal Stick is part of the  (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear). NETWORK SPONSORS (Row One) - the vintage shop for sports history fans! HIGHLIGHTED SHOW Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast is exactly that – a podcast dedicated to hockey history. Each week, host Scott Kinville and co-host Dave “The Save” Warner hop on the Zamboni Time Machine and go back in time to look at the characters, teams, and events that make up hockey’s glorious history! Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast is recorded in upstate New York about thirty miles from the home of the legendary Clinton Comets as well as the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Parts of the classic hockey movie “Slap Shot” were recorded at he Aud – including the infamous “I’m listening to the f-ing song” scene during the national anthem! Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast is of course named after one of the most notorious moments in Stanley Cup history. Although Marty McSorley is remembered for this lapse in judgement when it comes to stick selection, in fact the LA Kings would not have made it to the final were it not for McSorley’s stellar play that season. Although the show is named for an incident that happened in the NHL, Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast covers hockey history from any league and any time period. You can subscribe to Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast on YouTube and all major podcast platforms. You find the show on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at  ( If you like hockey history, you’re going to love this show! (Learn more about the show on the Sports History Network.)
Worst Trades of the Decade
Aug 22 2022
Worst Trades of the Decade
Pro Football in the 1970s is part of the (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear). EPISODE SUMMARY A good friend of mine who enjoys listening to my podcast here on the Sports History Network commented to me recently that he would like to hear me discuss the worst trades that occurred during the 1970s in pro football. It is definitely a topic that I had not addressed before, so to my good buddy Tom Edell, this one’s for you! The worst trades in the NFL during the 1970s. When you actually think about it, you have to conclude that it isn’t all that easy of a subject. And somewhat surprisingly, those trades are not necessarily inclusive to just players, however. I’ll expand on that later. But when exploring the worst player trades, the focus is often on a large amount of players or draft picks being given for the services of just one player. Randomly, when that one player in question is well past his prime…well, that gives you the blueprint for the worst trade in the NFL during the 1970s. Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this (episode here). PRO FOOTBALL IN THE 1970S BACKGROUND (Pro Football in the 1970s) is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below. (The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade) (The Year the Packers Came Back: The 1972 Resurgence) (America's Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier)
The Playoffs Beckon (1972 Cleveland Browns and 1978 Houston Oilers)
Feb 21 2022
The Playoffs Beckon (1972 Cleveland Browns and 1978 Houston Oilers)
Pro Football in the 1970s is part of the (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear). EPISODE SUMMARY At this time of the year, the NFL playoffs are on the minds of many thousands of pro football fans across the nation. The same goes for the teams that are preparing for the playoffs. In the 1970s, there were fewer playoff teams than there were today. One of the reasons for this is that there were fewer overall teams in the NFL back then. Today, we have a total of 32 NFL teams. Back in the 1970s, the total number of teams was 26 and then beginning in 1976, the league had 28 total teams, with the addition of Seattle and Tampa Bay in our nation’s Bicentennial year. Back in the 1970s, the NFL had a total of eight playoff teams until 1978, when the total number of playoff teams increased to 10, with five playoff teams representing each conference. And just like today, the playoffs during the 1970s brought out the best and most spirited play in those teams that were vying for a chance to move on towards a championship. But on occasion, it could also bring out the worst in a team...... Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this (episode here). PRO FOOTBALL IN THE 1970S BACKGROUND (Pro Football in the 1970s) is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below. (The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade) (The Year the Packers Came Back: The 1972 Resurgence) (America's Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier)
Quarterbacks from the 1970s who “Maybe” should be in the Hall of Fame
Jan 24 2022
Quarterbacks from the 1970s who “Maybe” should be in the Hall of Fame
Pro Football in the 1970s is part of the (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear). EPISODE SUMMARY I know that I will be getting a lot of feedback for this topic, and perhaps rightly so. I may even receive a lot of arguments as well. So be it. But let me begin by stating that this subject has at least some amount of stretching to it. For example, no one really believes that some of the quarterbacks that I am listing here actually have a shot at becoming a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All I am saying with this episode is that there is a category or two where these quarterbacks did manage to excel, and as such, they deserve at least some recognition over the span of several decades in time. Maybe not in the Hall of Fame, but in some sort of acceptance and honor, nonetheless. I’m just going to begin by listing these 1970s quarterbacks, in a non-alphabetical manner, and in a random way, by their names. I will then discuss with you, their achievements. Those signal callers are: John Hadl, Ken Anderson, John Brodie, Earl Morrall, Craig Morton, and Roman Gabriel.......... Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this (episode here). (Get a 1-week free trial to Newspapers.com to learn about this topic and so much more.) PRO FOOTBALL IN THE 1970S BACKGROUND (Pro Football in the 1970s) is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below. (The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade) (The Year the Packers Came Back: The 1972 Resurgence) (America's Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier)
Greatest Thanksgiving Day Game In Pro Football History (1974 Cowboys vs. Redskins)
Nov 22 2021
Greatest Thanksgiving Day Game In Pro Football History (1974 Cowboys vs. Redskins)
Pigskin Past is part of the (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear). NETWORK SPONSOR (Row 1 Sports) - historic wall art prints, unique sports gifts, and retro apparel designs EPISODE SUMMARY There have been some really great pro football Thanksgiving Day games throughout the course of pro football history during the 1970s. This episode of Pro Football in the 1970s will revisit one of those great Turkey Day contests for football historians and just your casual fans alike. It is usually referred to as the greatest Thanksgiving Day game in pro football history. On November 28, 1974, the Dallas Cowboys would play their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, at Texas Stadium. Both teams were still alive for a possible playoff berth, but only one of them would actually go to the playoffs. The Cowboys had been experiencing their worst year in the past nine years, as they entered this Thanksgiving Day game with a dismal (for them) 6-5 record....... Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this (episode here). (Get a 1-week free trial to Newspapers.com to learn about this topic and so much more.) PIGSKIN PAST BACKGROUND (PIgskin Past) is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below. (The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade) (The Year the Packers Came Back: The 1972 Resurgence) (America's Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier)