Football Hall of Fame selects senior nominees for 2005

Canton, OH (Sports Network) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame has selected Benny Friedman and Fritz Pollard as senior finalists for induction in 2005.

The Seniors Committee chose Friedman and Pollard to join 13 other still-to-be- named modern-era candidates as finalists for the Class of 2005.

Friedman was a two-time All-America quarterback at Michigan and played professionally with the Cleveland Bulldogs (1927), Detroit Wolverines (1928), New York Giants (1929-31) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-34). He earned All-NFL honors in each of his first four seasons.

After the 1928 season, Giants owner Tim Mara purchased the Detroit franchise just to secure Friedman's services.

Pollard led Brown University to the Rose Bowl in 1915 and turned pro in 1919 after serving in the army during World War I. He started with the Akron Pros, who joined the newly-founded American Professional Football Association -- later renamed the NFL -- in 1920 and earned a place in pro football history as one of just two African-Americans in the new league.

In 1921, Pollard was named the co-coach of the Pros to become the first African-American head coach in league history.

The Class of 2005 will be announced on February 5, 2005 -- one day before Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida.

By The Source
Aug 27, 2004
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