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Hamilton Cigar Store proprietor Frank Nied, former owner of the Akron Pros football team, admires a golf trophy he donated in June 1935 for a tournament at J. Ed Good Park in Akron. He once had his hands on the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Cup, the first championship trophy in NFL history. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
In 1921, the Akron Pros belatedly celebrate their 1920 title. Pictured are football players Rip King, Al Nesser, Charlie Copley, a woman identified only as Miss Thomas, Elgie Tobin and Russ Bailey. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Future hall of famer Fritz Pollard, the first black quarterback and coach in the NFL, led the Akron Pros to a historic season in 1920. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)