Just one year after Commissioner Bert Bell died of a heart attack during an Eagles game at Franklin Field, his beloved hometown team soared to victory in the NFL Championship Game at that very venue. Bell's legacy loomed large in the Eagles' 17-13 win, which once again proved his maxim that "on any given Sunday, any team in the NFL can beat any other team." (Indeed, it was Packers coach Vince Lombardi's sole career playoff loss.) After all, Bell's invention of the draft system had leveled the playing field. And his successor Pete Rozelle acknowledged as much in an introductory message that kicks off the Championship Game program:
"This is the game that would have possibly meant more to the late National Football League Commissioner Bert Bell than any played during his many years of service to the league. It typifies in dramatic fashion the extreme equality of competition that prevails among the member clubs. This was a facet of the game Bert was always fond of citing. Two years ago the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers were resting at the bottom of their respective conferences. The fact that they clash this afternoon for the championship is vivid illustration that a very fine line divides first and last place in the National Football League."
An additional "Tribute to Bert Bell" article is featured, along with pictures of Lombardi, Taylor, Hornung and Starr, plus the sheet music to the "Eagles' Victory Song." (Which, interestingly enough, has evolved over the years, as seen here.) GD/VG condition overall. Also of note, this is considered the rarest of all the Lombardi-era Packer championship-game programs.