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Chris Willis, Head of Research Library, NFL Films

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Chris Willis, Head of Research Library, NFL Films

Chris Willis has worked at NFL Films as Head of the Research Library since 1996. His first book, Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935, was published in 2005 by Scarecrow Press. Old Leather was given the 2005 Nelson Ross Award by the Professional Football Researchers Association for recent Achievement in Football Research and Historiography. His second book, The Columbus Panhandles: A Complete History of Pro Football's Toughest Team, 1900-1922, was published by Scarecrow Press (2007). His third book, The Man Who Built the National Football League: Joe F. Carr, was published in 2010. Willis's fourth title Dutch Clark: The Life of an NFL Legend and the Birth of the Detroit Lions, was released in 2012. Rowman & Littlefield published Willis's next two books. A Nearly Perfect Season: The Inside Story of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers (2014) and Walter Lingo, Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: How a Dog Kennel Owner Created the NFL's Most Famous Traveling Team (2017).

As the resident historian at NFL Films he helps oversees all aspects of research for the company and their producers. In 2002 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the HBO Documentary "The Game of Their Lives: Pro Football in the 1950's" and won an Emmy in 2016 for his work on HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans." He is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) and writes for the blog Pro Football Journal.

Before starting at NFL Films he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education from Urbana (OH) University- while playing four years on the Urbana football team- and attended one year of Graduate School at the Ohio State University in Sports History. In 2018 Willis was elected to the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame. Chris Willis is a native of Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Audubon, New Jersey.

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