|Born:||January 1, 1905|
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
|Died:||October 19, 1960 55) (aged|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||160 lb (73 kg)|
|Player stats at PFR|
Edward Thurston Towle (January 1, 1905 – October 19, 1960) was a professional football player who spent 1 season in the National Football League with the Boston Bulldogs in 1929. Prior to playing professional football, Towle played college football at Brown University. He was later inducted into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a member of the 1926 "Iron Men" football team, which went 9-0-1 and played all but two minutes against Yale, Dartmouth, and Harvard.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
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Edward James Lawrence was a professional football player who spent two seasons in the National Football League with the Boston Bulldogs in 1929 and the Staten Island Stapletons in 1930. Prior to joining the NFL, Lawrence played college football at Brown University. He was a member of the 1926 "Iron Men" football team, which went 9-0-1 and played all but two minutes against Yale, Dartmouth, and Harvard.
Bernard Eugene Custis was an American and Canadian football player who went on to a distinguished coaching career. He is known for having been the first black professional quarterback in the modern era and first in professional Canadian football, starting for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951.
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