1921: Fritz Pollard becomes a player/coach

Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard was a man of many firsts. Pollard was Brown University’s first Black player, and became professional football’s first Black coach, later going on to play for and then couch the Akron Pros. Later that decade, Black players had all but disappeared from American professional football.

[Pictured: Fritz Pollard posing for a pass.]

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