Akron Pros

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In 1920, the American Professional Football Association formed. This organization became the National Football League in 1922. Among its original fourteen teams was the Akron Pros, which formed on August 20, 1920, in Akron, Ohio. The Pros won the league championship in 1920, the first team to win a championship in the American Professional Football Association.

Before joining the American Professional Football Association, the Akron Pros had existed since 1917. In 1916, a brewer in Akron established the Akron Burkhardts, which became the Akron Pros in 1917.

Following winning the American Professional Football Association's championship in 1920, the team quickly struggled. The Pros finished third in 1921 and tenth in 1922. The team only finished higher than thirteenth in the 1925 season, when it completed the season at fifth. Following the 1922 season, the Pros became the Akron Indians. This new team played for the next four seasons (1923-1926) before disbanding due to declining financial support and the team's poor record.

Besides winning the first American Professional Football Association championship, the Akron Pros also hired Fritz Pollard, the first African-American head coach in the American Professional Football Association, in 1921.

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