25 Influential Individuals Responsible for Making the NFL World's Greatest Sport

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25 Influential Individuals Responsible for Making the NFL World's Greatest Sport

Who would you consider to be the 25 most influential people responsible for making the National Football League the world's greatest team sport? Who shaped the game and had the most influence on how the game changed and evolved to what it is today?

Try to come up with a list on your own, and see how many of your choices wound up matching what we came up with here.

Last July, there was an article written by Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com that listed the 50 most valuable sports teams. The NFL dominated the list. 

Here is an excerpt from Badenhausen's article:

The NFL has grown explosively over the past 25 years as TV revenue jumped 700 percent. The league’s 32 teams now divide $3.8 billion annually under the current round of broadcast deals, which expire after the 2013 season. With ratings at record levels, the next TV contracts are bound to be even more lucrative. Teams that were selling for $70 million in the mid-1980s are now worth $1 billion on average.

The NFL has clearly evolved over the decades. With apologies to football fans for how many important names could not possibly be squeezed into this list of only 25, we did add an honorable mention page at the end of the presentation.

 

Photo courtesy of NFL Films.com

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