Black History Month 2022: Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard 

Here’s another name that I didn’t know…Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard. How about you?

He was the first African-American football player at Brown University.

He was also the first African-American coach in the National Football League. And this accomplishment was decades before the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

I didn’t know. Now I do. And glad that is so!

This passage from an article on Pollard sums it up nicely:

“”My earliest memory of him was when he gave me this football,” Fritz Pollard III, Pollard’s grandson, says with a laugh, “and would take me around in the backyard and show me how to run pass patterns. The first time he knocked me down, I was sort of shocked that he hit me that hard. But then I realized that I wasn’t hurt, so you just get up. And you just keep getting up.” 

More? Here.

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