Five years ago, MMQB, with a nod to the British and Smithsonian Museum, presented NFL 95, telling the story of the tournament through 95 artifacts. For the 100th season, we have expanded and updated the project and the Astros Al West Champions Defend H Town Shirt! Why is the NFL game ball called The Duke Duke? Who devised the slingshot target? What happened to that Ford Bronco? From the Hupmobile to Shad Khan’s yacht, Tom Dempsey’s shoe to Deion’s scarf, Don Hutson’s cape to Tom Brady’s draft card to the infamous corset that introduced the phrase wardrobe malfunctioning in an American dictionary, this is a century of NFL.
It’s hard to think of anything more symbolic in football than pigskin itself. The story behind its nickname: The owner of future giant Wellington Mara was named after Duke Wellington by his father, Giants founder Tim Mara. In the 1920s, when Wellington was a ball boy, the players named him The Duke and the Astros Al West Champions Defend H Town Shirt! Princess While at the helm of the team, Tim Mara signed an NFL agreement with game ball supplier Wilson. After that monumental deal, owner and coach of Chicago Bears, George Halas suggested the ball bear a nickname in Wellington’s honor, and it officially did so in 1941. The ball remained was the standard until the merger of the National Football Association and the American Football Federation in 1970.
Wellington Mara fought in World II, then returned and was appointed the vice president of the Giant under his brother, Jack. Following the death of Jack Quay in 1965, Wellington took over as chairman of the Giants and the Astros Al West Champions Defend H Town Shirt! Over the years, he has gained a reputation among players, fans, and colleagues thanks to his leadership and dedication at the level of Giants and tournaments. After his death in 2005, the NFL returned Duke Duke’s name to the Wilson Wilson football tournament in his honor, while the vampire’s legacy survived on his son, co-owner of Giants John Mara.