A little NFL history at Bender’s

Bender's Tavern in Canton, Ohio was once a popular meeting place for the developers of the Hall of Fame. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

CANTON, Ohio — A little history lesson for you, and a rather appropriate one, on the day that Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith signed a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

The above picture is the outside of Bender’s Tavern in Canton, a place where some significant NFL history has been made.

As the story goes, the first organizational meeting for what would later become the NFL was held at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom next door in 1920, but often those conversations would continue at Bender’s.

Canton was ultimately chosen as home to the Hall of Fame because the origins of professional football were hatched there.

OK, not that exciting really … but if you are an NFL history buff and make your way to Canton, put Bender’s Tavern on your list of places to visit … they make a mean Reuben sandwich.

— Aron Angel

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