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Joe Greene feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance
Steelers Digest ^ | 2/22/2014 | Bob Labriola

Posted on 02/22/2014 7:05:34 AM PST by mac_truck

Joe Greene has received a lot of honors during his professional career, but being honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance was special to him because of who Fritz Pollard was.

Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard was the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl (1916) and the second to be named All-America in college football. In 1920, Pollard signed with the Akron Pros and led the team to the American Professional Football Association championship. In 1921, he was named Akron’s coach, and so when the APFA was re-named the National Football League in 1922, Pollard became the NFL’s first African-American coach at the same time he was one of the league’s premier players.

In 1926, the NFL segregated, and Pollard spent many years after that lobbying the league to open its doors and integrate. Pollard died in 1986, three years after the Oakland Raiders hired Art Shell as the NFL’s first African-American coach since him. Pollard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

On Friday, Joe Greene was awarded the Fritz Pollard Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: football; nfl; pittsburgh; steelers

1 posted on 02/22/2014 7:05:34 AM PST by mac_truck
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To: mac_truck

Sounds like a political group, but no matter. Greene is a class act and deserving of each and every accolade.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 7:26:30 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: mac_truck
Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard was the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl (1916)

The first Rose Bowl game was played in 1923, shortly after the stadium was completed. Before that, the Tournament of Roses Game was played at Tournament Park, across California Ave. from Cal Tech in Pasadena. The stadium there still exists.

3 posted on 02/22/2014 7:27:53 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: fatnotlazy
Greene is a class act and deserving of each and every accolade.

"Mean"Joe Greene is a class act. Nice to hear that he is being feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance!

4 posted on 02/22/2014 8:18:48 AM PST by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: Fiji Hill

So, does that mean no “Rose Bowl Game” was played in 1942, when the game was moved to Durham, North Carolina?


5 posted on 02/22/2014 8:33:10 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Fiji Hill
Since we're being accurate, and just to make it clear, there were no Tournament of Roses Game played at Tournament Park. The games played there as part of the Tournament of Roses were called the “Tournament East-West football game.”
6 posted on 02/22/2014 8:36:31 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie
You're darn tootin'!


7 posted on 02/22/2014 8:41:36 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: mac_truck

He was a thug who’d probably be in prison if it weren’t for the NFL putting up with his violence. Sorry. No patience for this thug.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 9:40:48 AM PST by laweeks
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To: laweeks

Lol...let me guess are you a Bears fan?


9 posted on 02/22/2014 10:11:16 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck
Lol...let me guess are you a Bears fan?

No, but I witnessed the thug repeatedly kicking a Cleveland Browns linesman in the crotch while he lay helpless on the ground. The player had to be helped off the field. There was a groundswell of people who wanted the thug to be arrested and charged with a crime, but NFL stepped in and let the two-bit bum play for a few years after that.

To put him into the football hall of fame was a big shame on the NFL.

10 posted on 02/22/2014 12:42:05 PM PST by laweeks
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To: Fiji Hill

My wife complains I’m tootin’ too much.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 12:44:13 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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