Bert Bell

Bert Bell

Original Name De Benneville Bell
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 11 Oct 1959 (aged 64)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial West Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 7390292 · View Source
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Professional Football Hall of Fame Executive. He was the founder and first owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Professional Football team. Born DeBenneville Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he began his professional football career when he founded the Eagles in 1933, serving as the team’s head coach from 1936 to 1940. In 1940, he sold the Eagles franchise and became co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he led for six years. Bell also created the National Football League amateur player draft in 1936 and founded the Maxwell Football Club in New York City, New York in 1937, which to this day presents awards to the top college and national players. In 1946, he was elected as the National Football League commissioner and served until his death. He died at age 64 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bert Bell (25 Feb 1895–11 Oct 1959), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7390292, citing Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .