NFL at 100: How college football became the pipeline to NFL

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1956, file photo, from left, Art Modell, president of the Cleveland Browns; Peter Rozelle, National Football League commissioner; Tex Schramm, Dallas Cowboys president; Milt Woodard, American Football League commissioner; and Lamar Hunt, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, talk before the start of a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing in Washington. In the early days of the NFL, college football was king and playing the game professionally was not something most players aspired to do. By planting its flag in large cities, embracing television exposure and playing a more entertaining style, the NFL surged in popularity in the middle of the 20th century and turned college football into a means to an end for many players.

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