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National Football League Draft

The National Football League Draft called the NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting, is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. Each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof; the round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft. The first draft was held in 1936, has been held every year since. Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have been revised since its creation in 1936, but the fundamental method has remained the same; the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, be able to choose the best player available.

In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts; the ensuing success of these teams forced the other franchises to hire scouts. Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception; the location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity. The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage. In the league's early years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, the draft was held in various cities with NFL franchises until the league settled on New York City starting in 1965, where it remained for fifty years until 2015, where it began being held in a new location yearly.

In the early 1930s, Stan Kostka had a huge college career as a University of Minnesota running back, leading the Minnesota Gophers to an undefeated season in 1934. Every NFL team wanted to sign him. Since there was no draft back savvy Stan did the smart thing - he held out for the highest offer. While a free agent, Stan kept busy running for Mayor of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Although his political career did not take off, Stan's nine-month NFL holdout succeeded and he became the league's highest-paid player, signing a $5,000 contract with the NFL's team in Brooklyn, New York on August 25, 1935; as a response to the bidding war for Stan Kostka, the NFL instituted the draft in 1936. In late 1934, Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave the right of usage of two players to the New York Giants because Rooney's team had no chance to participate in the post-season. After the owner of the Boston Redskins, George Preston Marshall, protested the transaction, the president of the NFL, Joe F. Carr, disallowed the Giants the ability to employ the players.

At a league meeting in December 1934, the NFL introduced a waiver rule to prevent such transactions. Any player released by a team during the season would be able to be claimed by other teams; the selection order to claim the player would be in inverse order to the teams' standings at the time. Throughout this time, Bert Bell, co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, felt his team's lack of competitiveness on the field made it difficult for the Eagles to sell tickets and to be profitable. Compounding the Eagles' problems were players signed with teams that offered the most money, or if the money being equal, players chose to sign with the most prestigious teams at the time, who had established a winning tradition; as a result, the NFL was dominated by the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Redskins. Bell's inability to sign a desired prospect, Stan Kostka, in 1935 led Bell to believe the only way for the NFL to have enduring success was for all teams to have an equal opportunity to sign eligible players.

At a league meeting on May 18, 1935, Bell proposed a draft be instituted to enhance the possibility of competitive parity on the field in order to ensure the financial viability of all franchises. His proposal was adopted unanimously that day, although the first draft would not occur until the next off-season; the rules for the selection of the players in the first draft were, that a list of college seniors would be assembled by each franchise and submitted into a pool. From this pool, each franchise would select, in inverse order to their team's record in the previous year, a player. With this selection, the franchise had the unilateral right to negotiate a contract with that player, or the ability to trade that player to another team for a player, or players. If, for any reason, the franchise was unsuccessful in negotiating a contract with the player and was unable to trade the player, the president of the NFL could attempt to arbitrate a settlement between the player and the franchise. If the president was unable to settle the dispute the player would be placed in the reserve list of the franchise and would be unavailable to play for any team in the NFL that year.

In the 1935 NFL season, the Eagles finished in last place at 2–9, thus securing themselves the first pick in the draft. The first NFL draft began at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia on February 8, 1936. Ninety names were written on a blackboard in the meeting room from; as no team had a scouting department, the list was created from either print media sources, visits to local colleges by team executives, or by recommendations to team executives. The draft would last for nine rounds, i

1965–66 Bundesliga

The 1965–66 Bundesliga was the third season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 14 August 1965 and ended on 28 May 1966. Werder Bremen were the defending champions; every team played two games against one at home and one away. Teams received two points for one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal average; the team with the most points were crowned champions while the two teams with the fewest points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions. Karlsruher SC and FC Schalke 04 would have been relegated for finishing in the bottom two places. However, Hertha BSC were found guilty of illegal financial behavior and, as a consequence, had their Bundesliga license revoked; the German FA decided to keep Karlsruhe and Schalke in the league and expand its size to 18 teams. Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach were promoted after having won their respective promotion play-off groups. In order to still have a representative from West Berlin in the league, Tasmania Berlin were granted promotion.

The 1965–66 season was the inaugural season for the two most successful clubs regarding league titles in Bundesliga history, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich. It was the first time that a city had two clubs in the Bundesliga. Bayern were a title contender for large parts of the season, but were held short three points by their cross-town rivals 1860, who won their first championship; the newcomers had something to celebrate as well, as they won the DFB Cup one week after the end of the season, which they finished in third place. Borussia Dortmund finished in second place, ahead on goal average to Bayern Munich, they had huge title chances until late in the season, but were beaten 2–0 at home by 1860 on the second-to-last match day. However, Dortmund did not end the season without a title as well, as they beat Liverpool 2–1 after extra time in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final at Glasgow's Hampden Park three days earlier, it marked the first time. At the other end of the table, another famous German club had a historic season as well – but in the worst way possible.

Tasmania Berlin were added to the league just two weeks before the start of the season after city rivals Hertha BSC had been thrown out on financial irregularities. They were not first choice for a replacement as the Berlin representative, as they had only finished in third place in Oberliga Berlin, but when champions Tennis Borussia were considered too weak after failing in the promotion play-off rounds and therefore were not asked, runners-up Spandauer SV declined their interest in a Bundesliga spot as well, Tasmania gladly accepted the invitation by the German FA. The decision turned out to be a fatal one for the club. Tasmania's team was never capable of competing in the Bundesliga, they set up a various number of records, among others, lowest point total, fewest wins, most losses, fewest goals scored, most goals against and lowest match attendance for a Bundesliga game. Most of the records are still intact. 31 goals Lothar Emmerich 26 goals Friedhelm Konietzka 20 goals Arnold Schütz 18 goals Peter Grosser Johannes Löhr Manfred Pohlschmidt 17 goals Wilhelm Huberts Lothar Ulsaß 16 goals Bernd Rupp 15 goals Rudolf Brunnenmeier Hans Siemensmayer 1965–66 DFB-Pokal DFB Archive 1965–66

Gibril Wilson

Gibril Donald Wilson is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he played college football at Tennessee. Wilson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, he has played for the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. Wilson was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moved to the U. S. at age five. Although Wilson excelled in football as both a wide receiver and defensive back at Oak Grove High School, he drew little attention from any Division I schools, he attended City College of San Francisco, two years was the top recruited junior college safety, choosing Tennessee over USC, Oregon and Florida. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, with whom he won Super Bowl XLII, knocking down Tom Brady's last desperation pass to Randy Moss, his team beat the New England Patriots in that game. In his four years with the team, he started 51 of 52 games, recording 360 tackles, six sacks, 11 interceptions.

In 2008, Wilson signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, making him one of the highest paid safeties in NFL history. Wilson was released by the Raiders after one season with the team on February 20, 2009, he finished the season with 129 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions. Wilson agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 2009; the contract was worth $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed. Wilson was released on March 5, 2010. Wilson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 6, 2010. During a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles, he injured the MCL in his left knee. Following surgery he sat out the 2010 season