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November 12, 2014

Pudge

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

On this day, November 12 in 1892, Minnesota native Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player in the country when he signs with the Allegheny Athletic Association and is paid $500 for helping to win a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

This photograph shows an older Mr. Heffelfinger posing with an old high-wheel bicycle in 1931.

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