Spreading Good News (Post 683 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard, First African American NFL Head Coach)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard, First African American NFL Head Coach

Source:  The Internet

Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard, born in 1894, was raised in Chicago, Illinois.  In high school, he was an all-around athlete, excelling as a running back, a three-time Cook County track champion, and a talented baseball player.  Upon graduation, for a short time, he played football for Harvard, Northwestern, and Dartmouth before receiving a scholarship from the Rockefeller family to play for Brown University in 1915.

Pollard led Brown University to the 1916 Rose Bowl.  The 5-9, 165-pound back was the first African American to play in this prestigious game, and the second to receive All-American honors in college football.  Once Pollard left Brown, he momentarily pursued a degree in dentistry, worked as a director for an army YMCA, and coached football at Lincoln University.  He later signed to play for the Akron Pros in the American Professional Football League (APFA) in 1919, following army service during World War I.  In 1920, the Pros joined the newly-founded American Professional Football Association, which later became the National Football League (NFL).

As a professional player, Pollard immediately earned a place in pro football history as one of only two African Americans in the new league.  Football experts indicate that Pollard was the most feared running back in the game.  Fritz Pollard led Akron to a championship in 1920.  One year later, he became the first African American head coach in NFL history. He coached Akron until 1926, and went on to coach Indiana and Milwaukee, both NFL teams.

In 1928, Pollard organized and coached an all African American professional football team called the Chicago Black Hawks.  The team played against white teams around Chicago, but experienced most of their success by scheduling exhibition games against teams on the West Coast during the winter months.

In 1937 he retired from pro football and pursued a career in business.  Pollard died in 1986. Three years later, the National Football League hired its second black head coach, Arthur “Art” Shell of the Oakland Raiders.

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 683 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard, First African American NFL Head Coach)

  1. Sandra says:

    These Black History pieces are so valuable Joyce. Thank you.

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