Bert BellBert Bell
) was the founder of the Philadelphia Eagles
, and commissioner of the National Football League
until his death. He was responsible for creating the NFL amateur draft. As NFL commissioner, he merged the NFL with the All-America Football Conference
, and single-handedly plotted out league schedules each season on his dining-room table using a giant checkerboard. He died of a heart attack on October 11, 1959 at Philadelphia
's Franklin Field, where he was watching a game between the team he founded, the Eagles, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he briefly co-owned during World War II
He coined the phrase, "On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team."