Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns guide you through the history of professional football, year by year, starting with the pre-merger era, welcoming key guests along the way to provide first-hand stories from their days in the NFL.
TB25 - A History of Football: Episode V: 1973(Bob Griese)06/10/2016 Duration: 22min
Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese joins Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns as they tell the story of the 1973 NFL season. The 1973 Dolphins completed a two-year stretch of dominance that will likely never be matched in NFL history. Over the course of two years, Miami finished with a 32-2 record and two Super Bowl titles. A year after going undefeated, the Dolphins continued their run of success, winning the AFC East by three games with a 12-2 record. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers both finished 10-4 in the AFC Central, while the Oakland Raiders won the AFC West with a 9-4-1 record. The Dolphins ground game was led by Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, who combined for 1,957 yards rushing in 1973 - an impressive stat until you compare it to the achievement of OJ Simpson, who ran for an NFL-record 2,003 yards for the Buffalo Bills. Simpson had established himself as a dymanic runner through the first four years of his NFL career, but the Bills offensive line, nicknamed "The Electric Company,
TB25 - A History of Football: Episode IV: 1972 (Bob Griese)30/09/2016 Duration: 30min
Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns are joined by Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese as they tell the story of the 1972 NFL season. The Dolphins bounced back from their Super Bowl VI loss to the Cowboys to go undefeated and beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII. No team has won a Super Bowl as an undefeated team again. Griese shares how Don Shula turned the Dolphins into winners, what motivated the players every week en route to the 17-0 season and where he feels the team stacks up in NFL history. The 1972 season featured some memorable playoff games, including the Steelers "Immaculate Reception" win over the Raiders and the Cowboys fourth-quarter rally win over the 49ers - both on the same day. The Redskins qualified for the Super Bowl under the leadership of George Allen, in his second year with the squad. Washington won the NFC East, unseating the defending champion Cowboys in the process and knocking off Dallas in the NFC Championship Game. Miami, despite having the AFC's top record, t
TB25 - A History of Football: Episode III: 1971 (Bob Lilly)08/09/2016 Duration: 43min
Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns are joined by Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly as they tell the story of the 1971 NFL season. The Cowboys finally broke through to win their first championship after knocking on the door so many times in the late 60s and early 70s. Dallas had lost two NFL Championship Games to the Packers, two playoff games to the Browns and then Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. The 1971 season also featured the longest game ever played, when the Dolphins beat the Chiefs 27-24 on Christmas Day in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Butch has vivid memories of Ed Podolak's effort not only that day, but throughout the season. The Dolphins benefited from an upset win by the Patriots over the Colts in the final week of the regular season to clinch home field advantage in the playoffs. Baltimore and Miami, fierce division rivals, met the the AFC Championship Game. In the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings once again finished with the best record, this time tied with Dallas, only to suffer bitter and fa
TB25 - A History of Football: Episode II: 1970 (Bill Curry)31/08/2016 Duration: 52min
Tom and Butch discuss the 1970 NFL season, the first year all 26 teams from the AFL and NFL played together after the merger. They're joined by Bill Curry, who started at center for the Super Bowl V champion Baltimore Colts and Dr. Brad Schultz, the author of "The NFL: Year One: The 1970 Season and the Dawn of Modern Football." 1970 was the dawn of new rivalries that remain red-hot 46 years later.
TB25 - A History Of Football: Episode I: 1960s (Jerry Kramer)18/08/2016 Duration: 52min
Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns welcome former Packers legend Jerry Kramer to the premiere episode of TB25 - A History of Football. To kick things off, Tom and Butch cover the "Pre-Merger Era" of the NFL, from 1958 to 1969, when the Packers dominated the landscape and the AFL came of age.