|Born:||August 17, 1894|
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Died:||March 23, 1949 54) (aged|
Woodstock, New York
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||197 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Waltham (MA)|
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|Career NFL statistics as of 1926|
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John Albert "Tommy" Tomlin (August 17, 1894 – March 23, 1949)was an American football player. He played professionally as a guard and tackle who played for the Akron Pros, Hammond Pros, Milwaukee Badgers and New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was born to Elizabeth Ford (1859–1927) and George Tomlin (1854–1928). Tomlin won an NFL title in 1920 with Akron.
The Akron Pros were a professional football team that played in Akron, Ohio, from 1908 to 1926. The team originated in 1908 as a semi-pro team named the Akron Indians, but later became Akron Pros in 1920 as the team set out to become a charter member of the American Professional Football Association. Fritz Pollard, the first black head coach in the NFL, co-coached the Akron Pros in 1921. Paul Robeson played for the team in 1921 as well. He was among the earliest stars of professional football, before football became segregated from 1934 to 1946. In 1926, the name was changed back to the Akron Indians, after the earlier semi-pro team. Due to financial problems, the team suspended operations in 1927 and surrendered its franchise the following year.
Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard was an American football player and coach. He was the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard and Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. Football pioneer Walter Camp called Pollard "one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen."
Buffalo, New York had a turbulent, early-era National Football League team that operated under multiple names and several different owners between the 1910s and 1920s. The early NFL-era franchise was variously called the Buffalo All-Stars from 1915 to 1917, Buffalo Niagaras in 1918, the Buffalo Prospects in 1919, Buffalo All-Americans from 1920 to 1923, Buffalo Bisons from 1924 to 1925 and in 1927 and 1929, and the Buffalo Rangers in 1926. The franchise, which was experiencing financial problems in 1928, did not participate in league play that season.
The 1920 APFA season was the inaugural season of the American Professional Football Association, renamed the National Football League in 1922. An agreement to form a league was made by four independent teams from Ohio on August 20, 1920, at Ralph Hay's office in Canton, Ohio, with plans to invite owners of more teams for a second meeting on September 17. The "American Professional Football Conference" (APFC) was made up of Hay's Canton Bulldogs, Akron Pros, the Cleveland Tigers and the Dayton Triangles, who decided on a six-game scheduled to play each other at home-and-away, an agreement to respect each other's player contracts, and to take a stand against signing college students whose class had not yet graduated.
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Thomas Wright "Tommy" Thompson was an American football linebacker and center who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League (NFL) in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He played college football at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
The 1920 Buffalo All-Americans season was the franchise's inaugural season with the American Professional Football Association (APFA), an American football league, and fifth total as a team. The All-Americans entered 1920 coming off a 9–1–1 record in 1919 as the Buffalo Prospects in the New York Pro Football League (NYPFL). Several representatives from another professional football league, the Ohio League, wanted to form a new national league, and thus the APFA was created.
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Thomas J. Holleran was an American football player and coach. He played professionally as a blocking back for two seasons with two different teams of the National Football League (NFL), the Akron Pros in 1920 and the Toledo Maroons in 1922. Holleran served as the head football coach at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania from 1923 to 1928, compiling a record of 18–31–5. He died of inflammatory rheumatism on October 21, 1930, at his home in Akron, Ohio.
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