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Frederick "Fritz" Pollard

In 1916 Walter Camp had in his All-American backfield Army's Elmer Oliphant, the brilliant Chic Harley of Ohio State and a fleet black whose name had blazed across Eastern sports pages, Brown University's Fritz Pollard. Following World War I, Frank Nied and Art Ranney formed the Akron Pros in the new 11-team American Football Association and one of their first recruits was Pollard. Fritz promptly led the Akron entry to the championship in a league that included Wilbur "Fats" Henry and the great Jim Thorpe.

Inducted 1960 | Football