Celebrating Black History Month: Fritz Pollard
This salute to Black History Month. This present about the United States Marine Corps. The few the proud. The Marines. Coming did you feel any kind of taken for granted but you really never knew. What his true contribution was I mean you know. Where where. What his place in history books. It early twentieth century America Frederick -- Pollard was unique success story from and a collar. And it'll -- it's been 92 years it seem that being first it was a constant. Especially when it came to Fritz Pollard beating founding father of a game that became a wonder of the world. Walter camp all American. 1916. Played in the first rolls bowl team. 1954. He was the elected to the college football hall of -- believe he was the first African American to be in that I've done this. -- here to first African American play actually played quarterback to play quarterback a little bit in the league took the snaps. I actually think immigrant mother probably invented the West Coast offense that was kind of you know. Taken away as things went when Malone was a lot of passing and reverses and wide splits and all that kind of stuff. -- Akron pros were champions in 1920. And the following year Pollard served in the most important role of his career. Pro football's first African American head coach. On like baseball some diversity dating assistant football. But then came a change. It was the depression and it wasn't good for business. Black people working. And with all that other white people unemployed and and one of the things -- football. And that didn't change I believe until 1946. When segregation was Bears and I think segregation -- good by any stretch of the imagination but it forced you to learn about yourself. In your history. Can be proud of yourself in this I think is integration took place and you know. You know our communities became participated. All the things got deluded and they were taught. And the more talked about. In 200519. Years after his death. For -- pollard's contributions toward football's progress we're finally honored in grand style this is the black. Then when he is inducted into -- the whole thing I looked up at that. That that new rule him. Got an unbelievable -- that I mean I think that this is unbelievable he finds me. All the game is still working to correct its imbalance of minority leadership roles. The victories of social accomplishment. Had been achieved in the spirit -- a true American Pioneers. You always had to have a vision and you had to think out of box. Then you lose like that throughout his life.
CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer has the story of Fritz Pollard who became the first African American head coach in the NFL - 2/3