MN History Quiz: Who was the first pro football player?

On Nov. 12, 1892, this Minneapolis-born athlete becomes the first person to sign a professional football contract. Who was he? 1) Jim W. Thorpe 2) Barney W. Rubble 3) William W. Heffelfinger For the answer, click on the headline above...

On Nov. 12, 1892, William W. "Pudge" Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player in history. The Minneapolis native signs to play with the Allegheny Athletic Association, and is paid $500 for his role in the 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

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