On This Date 2/8/1936
The first NFL Draft is held at Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. The draft was created to prevent owners from bidding against each other for the right to sign the best players out of college. The NFL decided that the draft order would be reverse order of the standings, giving the team with the worst record the first pick. The Philadelphia Eagles chose with the first pick, Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner out of Chicago. Berwanger chose not to sign and never played in the NFL.