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Bell, de Benneville

Born: 1894 AD
Died: 1959 AD
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.