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Welcome to Sports Then and Now, a site dedicated to keeping sports fans updated on the current sports world while also regularly taking walks down memory lane by remembering great players, teams, events, moments and games from the history of sports. This site is for you, the fan, so please share your thoughts, memories and opinions.

What is Sports Then and Now?: The history of sports in America is long and glorious, but too often the athletes, moments and memories of the past are forgotten when analyzing the issues and events of the current sports world. Sports Then and Now takes the “hot button” issues of today’s sports world and looks at them in the context of sports history.

Sports Then and Now is intended to be a “one stop shop” that connects passionate sports fans with the sports news they want to know and the sports history they want to remember.

Sports Nation:

Sports Then and Now was very proud to be selected as ESPN’s SportsNation Site of the Day on January 28, 2010! Click here to check out the video!

Sports Then and Now Network: The Sports Then and Now Network consists of a national site covering sports across the country and world as well as a city specific web site in Boston.



Site Creator: Sports Then and Now is the brainchild of Dean Hybl, a sports historian and journalist with a background in college and professional sports. Dean has worked in sports public relations for the Philadelphia Eagles, Richmond Braves, James Madison Dukes, Rollins Tars and Hampden-Sydney Tigers. He also served six years as the head statistician for the Capital One Bowl and for many years served as a talent spotter for ESPN, Westwood One and the Compass Sports Network.

Since starting Sports Then and Now, Dean has had articles featured by the Wall Street Journal Daily Buzz and on the ESPN Sweet Spot Blog. His articles have also appeared on CBS Sportsline and Bleacher Report. Dean recently penned a popular series looking at the Best Players at Each Position Not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also has done features on the 1994 Montreal Expos, the Chicago College Football All-Star Game, and the evolution of quarterbacks in the NFL.

Special Features: Among the regular features of Sports Then and Now is a monthly “Vintage Athlete of the Month” and new features looking at “Vintage Videos” and “Sports Card Memories”.

Interview Opportunities: Dean and the Sports Then and Now feature writers are available to serve as subject experts for any issue related to current sports and their connection to sports history. They are also available to assist with sports history story content development. You can contact Dean directly at or 864.270.2289.

Link Exchange: Sports Then and Now is interested in promoting sports stories from across the country. If you have material that you think would fit any of the Sports Then and Now sites, please let us know. We are also open to exchanging links with any sports site whether a traditional media source, sports web site or sports blog. Contact to trade links.

Writing for Sports Then and Now: Sports Then and Now does accept posts from new and veteran writers looking for a unique space to post their sports related material.

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Dean Hybl Biography

Dean Hybl has lived and breathed sports for more than 40 years and is excited about the opportunity to develop a sports site where fans can share a passion for sports history while also keeping up-to-date on current issues in the world of sports.

Dean learned to read so that he could read the stats on the back of his baseball cards and has been a passionate fan ever since.

After playing sports in high school and then writing about sports for the school newspaper and Sports Information Office while in college at James Madison University, Dean had the chance to live out every sports fans dream.

In the summer of 1989, Dean served as a public relations intern for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles went 11-5 that season and made trips to London, San Diego, Miami and many other places that were new territory for a 21-year old from a small, rural community in Southern Virginia. The opportunity to meet and work with such greats as Buddy Ryan, Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, Jerome Brown, Matt Cavanaugh, Terry Hoage and Al Harris was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Dean then did an internship with the Richmond Braves, then the Triple-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves, and got to see future stars including Dave Justice, Steve Avery and Kent Mercker on their way to the majors.

For the next 15 years, Dean served as a college sports information director first at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and then at Rollins College in Florida. These great experienced allowed Dean to meet and work with many great young student-athletes and to continue cultivating his passion for sports.

Dean now writes about sports and sports history and also works for a non-profit organization in Greenville, South Carolina.


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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Drew Pearson: Mr. Clutch
      August 7, 2021 | 6:59 pm

      Drew Pearson

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former NFL wide receiver know as “Mr. Clutch” for his penchant for making big receptions at crucial moments of the game. After waiting for more than 30 years, he is finally earning his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

      During his decade with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson had a habit of making the big catch at the right moment to help the Cowboys time and again snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

      The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, Pearson was widely recognized as one of the great receivers of his era. Though at the time of his retirement many expected Pearson to easily breeze into the Hall of Fame, his enshrinement was derailed by changes to the game which artificially inflated receiver stats and made the numbers he produced during a time when wide receivers weren’t catching 100 passes a season seem inferior.

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