Black Ancestors : Fritz Pollard : Inducted in Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Akilah

    Akilah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Forty-two times before, the selectors and voters of the inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame had gathered and either ignored him or deemed him unworthy.

    But just like he was in his time of Earth -- from 1894 to 1986 -- Fritz Pollard is impossible to keep down.

    On Saturday at noon, the Hall of Fame's Class of 2005 was announced and this time the voters understood. They understood that he and Jim Thorpe were the two major attractions in the founding years of the NFL. They understood that pioneers don't need stats to justify their impact. They understood that while 16 of Pollard's NFL contemporaries have been in the Hall for four decades, denying him that status was inexplicable.

    http://www.fritzpollard.com/
     
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    thank you for this info...............................!
     
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    Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard (January 27, 1894 – May 11, 1986)

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    ....Pollard led his squad to the 1915 Rose Bowl game. He was the first African American to play in the Rose Bowl, and the second to be named an All-American in college football. After leaving Brown, Pollard briefly pursued a degree in dentistry, worked as director of an army YMCA, and coached football at Lincoln University.
    Pollard signed to play for the Akron Pros in the American Professional Football League (APFA) and led Akron to a championship in 1920. He was named head coach in 1921 and continued to play for the Pros as well. The APFA was renamed the NFL in 1922, making Pollard the first African American coach in NFL history.
    Pollard went on to coach NFL teams in Indiana and Milwaukee until 1926 when the National Football League ousted all black players and coaches in a fateful decision to segregate. Pollard created a black football team and challenged NFL teams to exhibition games, but was rebuffed. He spent many years urging the NFL to open its doors to African Americans. He retired from football in 1937 to pursue a career in business. The NFL ban on players of color started to lift in 1946 after World War II ended, but not all teams were integrated until Bobby Mitchell joined the Washington Redskins in 1962....
     
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    Go ahead cherryblossom....school us!!:)
     
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