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Bell, de Benneville (Bert)

Born: 1894 AD
Died: 1959 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Administrators


1895 - Born on the 25th of February in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1920-1928 - He served as backfield coach at University of Pennsylvania.

1930-1931 - Backfield coach at Temple University.

1933 - With other former college teammates he became the co-owner of the Eagles for $2,500.

1934 - On 6th of May he married Broadway actress Frances Upton.

1935 - He was credited with establishing the NFL draft.

1936-1940 - He served as Eagles head coach.

1937 - Eagles had lost $90,000 and were put up for public auction.

       - Founded the Maxwell Football Club, which awards the Maxwell Award to the top college football player.

1941-1946 - He had been under a doctor's care and had recovered from a heart attack.

1946 - Selected to replace Elmer Layden as NFL commissioner.

1947 - The contract was changed to a five-year pact.

1949 - Merged All-America Football Conference into NFL.

1959 - He died of a heart attack on 11th of October at Philadelphia's Franklin Field.

1963 - Bell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.





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