The Origins and Early History of Professional Football. 1892-1958. I. The Origins of Professional Football. First Professional Player --William “Pudge” Heffelfinger (1892) First contract signed (1893) First professional Black player (1904) Jim Thorpe goes pro (1913)
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--William “Pudge” Heffelfinger (1892)
--Robert “Rube” Marshall, Paul Robeson, Fritz Pollard, Joe Lillard
--Art Rooney, George Halas, Tex Schramm
--Baltimore Colts defeat New York Giants, 23-17
-- “Seven Blocks of Granite”