12: Benny Friedman - NFL

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He was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, and had it not been for Benny Friedman there might not be an NFL! That’s how key he was to the development of the game. Friedman turned the pro game from a running game to a passing game. In fact, he was throwing for more touchdown passes in a season than the rest of the league combined! Friedman set the record with 20 TD passes in 1929, a mark that wouldn’t be equaled until 1977. As a college QB he led Michigan to back-to-back Big Ten championships and was ultimately elected to the Pro Football hall of Fame in 2005. Join Warren Rogan and Lee Elder of the Professional Football Researcher’s Association for the story of Benny Friedman, one of football’s forgotten heroes.

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