Sport: Pro Progress

In spite of war and the Chicago Sun, pro football is in its best year ever.

As midseason thudded by last week, football's journeymen had all but forgotten the Sun's biffy: an eight-column headline story on a pressagent's squib that most of the Chicago Bears came from war jobs. The story had sicked the War Manpower Commission into investigating. But last week Elmer Layden, professional football's commissar, had in his pocket the WMC decision that football is the principal job of professional footballers.

Also in Layden's pocket was a handsome set of figures: despite war troubles that cut the National Football League to...

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