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The 85 Man Rule Helped Parity Inside Conferences, But Not Outside Them

Article By on 21st August, 2009

... It's a rule as old as time.  Not everyone was meant for greatness.

There were times when teams would sign hundreds of players for their rosters, and during those times, there were teams lucky to suit up three dozen.

In those days, football was ruled by haves and the have nots, though grudgingly, accepted it as status quo.  For some schools, football was everything, for others, it was a Saturday afternoon diversion if you chose to go.

In the 60's, the rise of the NFL through its television coverage made every decent high school prospect dream of one day being one of those marquee players.  That dream was what propelled some schools to become magnets to draw them in to. 

Every region of the count...

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