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Fritz Pollard

Pro Soccer Hall of Popularity inductee who was simply the first dark person to both play in the Rose Dish and trainer in the NFL. Though undersized for the football participant, he gained his Brown School teammates’ respect after leading these to success over Yale and an invitation towards the Rose Dish. After WW I he became a new player, and many years afterwards became a player-coach using the Akron Advantages in the NFL. He was created in Chicago, Illinois, to John William, a barber, and Catherine Amanda Hughs Pollard, a seamstress. While his university profession was unspectacular, Ernie Davis, playing four years after him, became the initial African Amercan participant to receive the Heisman trophy.

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