Owners meeting circa 1933

1933 article announcing the owners' plans for their mid-winter meeting. (credit: Pro Football Hall of Fame)

While we look ahead to the NFL’s future with the current Scouting Combine underway, it’s time to gain some perspective by reflecting on this day in league history as part of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Under the Dome” series.

On Feb. 25, 1933, owners assembled for a mid-winter meeting in Pittsburgh’s Fort Pitt Hotel to discuss which NFL rules they should keep or get rid of.

Over the course of that weekend 78 years ago, the game almost lost the huddle and the point after, but also gained a new version of the forward pass to create a new era of aerial yardage.

In today’s post, HOF historians write that Boston Redskins (we’re that far back folks) owner George Preston Marshall made the motion that:

“… the rule covering the use of the forward pass, whereby for the passer to be at least five yards behind the line of scrimmage before he can pass the ball, be changed permitting the passer to pass the ball from any point behind the line of scrimmage.”

The vote was unanimous and a mere three years later, Packers QB Arnie Herber broke the 1,000-yard barrier when he threw 173 times for 1,239 yards.

Dan Marino currently holds the single-season passing record with 5,084 yards during his 1984 season.

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