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Fritz Pollard, an NFL Pioneer

Published by on June 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Fritz Pollard made history in 1916, but it took many years before he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

In fact, if you do the arithmetic you will see that it took 89 years to officially celebrate (nationally) the accomplishments of a great pioneer in professional football. His enshrinement occurred about nineteen years after his death.

Pollard earned about $1500 per game in his heyday, according to a booklet titled African American Pioneers in Pro Football, published by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pollard was named for Frederick Douglas, the scholar and civil rights leader, and he should have been in classroom history books across the United States.  If so, perhaps I would...

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