Written by K.Moreland-Lee –
Frederick Douglass Fritz Pollard was the first Black professional
quarterback for the Hammond Pros in the early 1920’s. He ran track and
played football in high school, and on a collegiate level at Brown
As a freshman, he became the first Black man to play in the Rose Bowl when he led the team against Washington in 1915. Fritz set a world record running the low hurdles, and qualified for the Olympic team in 1916.
He also made strides in the NFL: as the first Black head coach, and by
organizing the first inter-racial all-star game to showcase Black players.
Pollard died in 1986 at the age of 92. Source
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