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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...
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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.

 Photo courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society

Photo courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society

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