Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard
was the first African American head coach in the NFL. Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. Sports writer Walter Camp ranked Pollard as "one of the greatest
runners these eyes have ever seen."
●In 2005, Fritz Pollard was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
●He appears as a free agent in Madden NFL 09 and Madden NFL 10 and is also a part of the game's Hall of Fame feature.
●Pollard's son Fritz Pollard, Jr. won the bronze medal for 110 m hurdles at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
●The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group promoting minority hiring throughout the NFL, is
named for Pollard.
●Brown University and the Black Coaches & Administrators co-sponsor the annual
Fritz Pollard Award, which is presented to the college or professional coach
chosen by the BCA as coach of the year.
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