1925 Chicago Cardinals season

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The 1925 Chicago Cardinals season resulted in the Cardinals winning their first NFL championship.wikipedia
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Milwaukee Badgers

The first was a team scandal with the Milwaukee Badgers.
After the team folded following the season (largely due to being left broke because of a $500 fine by the NFL for using four high-school players in a game against the Chicago Cardinals, a game arranged after the Badgers had disbanded for the season), many of its members played for the independent semi-pro Milwaukee Eagles.

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The 1925 Chicago Cardinals season resulted in the Cardinals winning their first NFL championship.
But in 1925, the Bears went 0-1-1 against the Cardinals with the tie meaning the Cardinals were only a ½ game in front of the Pottsville Maroons heading into their fateful 1925 showdown.

List of NFL champions (1920–1969)

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The Milwaukee scandal did have implications for the 1925 NFL Championship and the second controversy.

Johnny Bryan

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The Badgers franchise was turned over to Bryan after it was discovered that the team had employed four Chicago high school players for game against the Chicago Cardinals that resulted in a 59-0 loss for the Badgers.

Art Folz

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The scandal involved a Chicago player, Art Folz, hiring a group of high school football players to play for the Milwaukee Badgers, against the Cardinals.

1925 NFL season

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The 1925 Chicago Cardinals season resulted in the Cardinals winning their first NFL championship.

1925 Chicago Cardinals–Milwaukee Badgers scandal

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The first was a team scandal with the Milwaukee Badgers.

Pottsville Maroons

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The game was used to help prop up their win–loss percentage and as a chance of wresting the 1925 championship away from the first place Pottsville Maroons.

Joseph Carr

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When NFL president Joseph Carr learned high school players had been used in a league game, he told reporters the 58–0 Cardinals win would be stricken from the record.

Chris O'Brien (American football)

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Cardinals' owner Chris O'Brien was also fined $1,000 by Carr for allowing his team play a game against high schoolers, even though O'Brien claimed that he was unaware of the players' status.

Ambrose McGuirk

Finally Badgers' owner, Ambrose McGuirk, was ordered to sell his Milwaukee franchise within 90 days.

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McGuirk though had already sold his Badgers franchise to Johnny Bryan, a fullback with the Chicago Bears.

Chicago Bears

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McGuirk though had already sold his Badgers franchise to Johnny Bryan, a fullback with the Chicago Bears. It appears that his reasons for scheduling the Milwaukee and Hammond games had been not to take the title, but rather to convince the cross-town Chicago Bears to play his team again – the Bears, with Red Grange in their roster, were a very lucrative draw.

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Art Folz reportedly told the high schoolers that the game was a "practice game" and would in no part affect their amateur status.

1925 NFL Championship controversy

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In December 1925, the Pottsville Maroons had their title removed by the NFL and given to the Cardinals for playing in an unsanctioned game against the Notre Dame All-Stars.

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In December 1925, the Pottsville Maroons had their title removed by the NFL and given to the Cardinals for playing in an unsanctioned game against the Notre Dame All-Stars.

Bob Carroll (author)

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According to Bob Carroll of the Professional Football Researchers Association, "The Cardinals didn't defy the league", Carroll said.

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According to Bob Carroll of the Professional Football Researchers Association, "The Cardinals didn't defy the league", Carroll said.

Red Grange

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It appears that his reasons for scheduling the Milwaukee and Hammond games had been not to take the title, but rather to convince the cross-town Chicago Bears to play his team again – the Bears, with Red Grange in their roster, were a very lucrative draw.

Charles Bidwill

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It was only later, under the ownership of Charles Bidwill and his son Bill Bidwill, that the Cardinals began claiming the championship title.

Bill Bidwill

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It was only later, under the ownership of Charles Bidwill and his son Bill Bidwill, that the Cardinals began claiming the championship title.