Skip to comments.Joe Greene feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance
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 Akrons coach, and so when the APFA was re-named the National Football League in 1922, Pollard became the NFLs first African-American coach at the same time he was one of the leagues 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 NFLs 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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Sounds like a political group, but no matter. Greene is a class act and deserving of each and every accolade.
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.
"Mean"Joe Greene is a class act. Nice to hear that he is being feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance!
So, does that mean no “Rose Bowl Game” was played in 1942, when the game was moved to Durham, North Carolina?
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.
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.
My wife complains I’m tootin’ too much.