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Martin Chapman

An athlete and a teacher all of his life, football became his forte ... but he got a late start. Chapman was a 6'3", 245 pound non-football playing sophomore at Akron U until Coach Otis Douglas talked to him. He joined the Zip footballers and became a real demon on defense - good enough to be selected All-Ohio Conference. He became the first black assistant coach in the Akron School system at East High and until his death in 1986 was still directing students as principal of Garfield High School.

Inducted 1973 | Football