Fritz Pollard - Class of 2005
Fritz Pollard, an All-America halfback with Brown University, led his team to the Rose Bowl following the 1915 season.
Pollard enrolled at Brown University in 1915, in which he was one of only two Aftrican American students.
When he turned pro in 1919, Pollard joined the Akron Pros and led his team to the league's first championship in 1920.
Although highly regarded for his running abilities, Pollard was also an exceptional passer.
Following the 1921 season Pollard accepted the role of player/coach thus becoming first African-American head coach in the league.
Pollard quickly established himself as one of the premier runners of the 1920's and was feared by his opponents.
Pollard (right) with his brother Luther (left) and son Fritz Jr. (middle).
Fritz speaks at an event attended by Richard M. Nixon.
This poster highlights many of the career accomplishments of Fritz Pollard.
In 1954 the College Football Hall of Fame recognized Fritz Pollard for his achievements at Brown University.
This game program is from a 1936 contest between the Brown Bombers of New York city, coached by Fritz Pollard, and the Providence Steam Roller.
Fritz Pollard's Hall of Fame bust.
In 1921 Pollard became the first African American head coach in NFL history.