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Gridiron Legacy: Pro Football’s Missing Origin Story

Publisher: The Story Plant

Gregg Ficery is the great-grandson of the professional football player Bob Shiring, who was the captain of the 1906 world champions, Massillon Tigers. Shiring was considered to be the greatest center of the pre-NFL professional era. Ficery grew up in the Pittsburgh suburbs and learned stories about his great-grandfather from his grandmother.

In the year of 1892, Professional football was born and the first pro team arrived. It then effectively died in 1906, then resurrected nearly a decade later for it to become the American Professional Football Association in 1920. Two years later, it would become the National Football League (NFL). Ficery talks about the early pioneers that helped build the game of football as well as the issues surrounding the league such as concussions or gambling etc.

This book was originally published on August 15, 2023.

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Originally aired on September 3, 2023

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
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Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.