#TBT: The NFL Draft Used to Be Monitored on a Chalkboard

Thursday May 8th, 2014


With all the glitz, glam and Kevin Costner that's currently associated with the NFL draft, it's difficult to remember that at its very roots, it is an extremely boring and tedious exercise. So much so that in 1965, the draft used to just be monitored on a chalkboard by then commissioner Pete Rozelle. The photo above shows Rozelle chalking in future Hall of Fame linebacker Tommy Nobis as the first overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons.

Fortunately by 1970, things had progressed enough that the league was able to afford a projector:

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