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Wordless Wednesday: Black Pioneers in College Athletics (Fritz Pollard)

July 16th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

Frederick D. “Fritz” Pollard (1894 – 1986).

In 1916, as a member of the Brown University football team, Pollard became the first African American to play in the Rose Bowl. He would go on to achieve many more milestones, as the first African American quarterback in the NFL, the first African American coach in the NFL, and the first African American head coach in the NFL.


Posted in African Americans, Black History, Brown University, College Football, Higher Education, NFL, race

4 Responses

  1. SjP

    Everytime I come here, I am simply awed! I always leave feeling warm and how so proud of our educational history. I love it here!

  2. Shelia

    Same here! You do a beautiful job of educating us and sharing historical info that we can use, and should know. Keep it up, this is a free Black history extension course!

  3. The Socialite

    It is great to come to a site that tells us the history of our people. Im am so proud of all the things that we have accomplised as a people and it is always good to see someone highlighting what we have done.

  4. Ajuan Mance

    Thank you for your support. So much of our rich and wonderful history has been hidden. It’s just a pleasure to share the news of our past and present achievements.