Akron Pros

Akron Pros

The Akron Pros were a National Football League team that played in Akron, Ohio from 1920–1925 and as the Akron Indians in 1926. [cite book | title=Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League | year=1997 | pages=90-91] The Pros won the first NFL championship in 1920, though at the time the league operated as the American Professional Football Association.

The team started out in 1916 as the Akron Burkhardts, named after a local family of brewers that sponsored the team. From 1917 the team competed as the Akron Pros. The Pros were a charter member of the APFA.

Fritz Pollard, the first African-American head coach in the NFL, co-coached the Pros in 1921. Paul Robeson played for the team in 1921 as well. In 1926, the name was changed to the Akron Indians, after an earlier Akron semi-pro team. Due to financial problems, the team suspended operations in 1927 and surrendered its franchise the following year.

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