The NFL Draft then and now
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The NFL Draft then and now

A half-century ago the draft unfolded on a chalk board

Photo: Pete Rozelle

Pete Rozelle laid the foundation of the NFL goliath we know today with his vision. Yet, not even the late, great commissioner could have foreseen the NFL Draft growing into an annual Oscars-like production.

A half-century ago the event was so simple Rozelle stood at a chalkboard in a New York Hotel ballroom. He scrawled names in chalk as players were drafted. There were few cameras around to record the news. ... 


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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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