January 31: This Date in American Football History

Former Washington State center Mel Hein passed away on this date in 1992 at the age of 82. Nicknamed “Old Indestructible,” Hein was born on August 22, 1909, and entered Washington State in the fall of 1927. He starred at center for the Cougars from 1928-1930, but was also a standout at linebacker. During his senior season, he intercepted eight passes in a single game against Idaho, and eventually earned All-America…

January 31, 2017
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January 30: This Date in American Football History

Former California Golden Bear defensive back Deltha O’Neal was born on this date in 1977. O’Neal played for the Golden Bears in the late 1990’s, and in his senior season in 1999, he set an NCAA single-season record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns. He was named a Consensus All-American by the NCAA following the season, and then was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in…

January 30, 2017
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January 29: This Date in American Football History

Edwin Hale was born in 1896 and went on to become a star halfback for Mississippi College in 1915-1916 and from 1920-1921. In the interim between his two stints as a college football player, he served in World War I. At one point, he was wounded and then reported missing, but he later was found at a hospital in France. Hale’s 1921 season was one of the greatest seasons in Mississippi…

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January 28: This Date in American Football History

Dudley Riggs was born on this date in 1875 and later became a star football player for the Princeton Tigers. Riggs followed his older brother Jesse to Princeton, and both players eventually attained All-America status – Jesse in 1890 followed by Dudley in 1895. Both were big guards on the Princeton line, and Dudley helped lead the Tigers to a 10-1-1 finish during his All-America season. Riggs passed away on May…

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January 27: This Date in American Football History

Fritz Pollard was born on this date in 1894 eventually becoming a star halfback for Brown in 1915-1916. He was just the second African-American player to earn All-American honors in 1916. He was teammates with future Alabama and Duke coaching legend Wallace Wade at Brown. Pollard wasn’t just a pioneer in college football, however. He was also the first African-American coach in the history of the NFL coaching the Hammond Pros…

January 27, 2017
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January 26: This Date in American Football History

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history. Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on…

January 26, 2017
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January 25: This Date in American Football History

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January 25, 2017
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January 24: This Date in American Football History

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January 24, 2017
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January 23: This Date in American Football History

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January 23, 2017
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January 22: This Date in American Football History

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January 22, 2017
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