Frederick D. "Fritz" Pollard '19
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year Inducted: 1971
Frederick D. "Fritz" Pollard '19, regarded as one of the finest running backs of all time, was the star of the 1915 team which met Washington State in the first Rose Bowl game. A swift and elusive back who could cut on a dime, Pollard led Brown to an 8-1 season in 1916, after which he became the first Negro to make Walter Camp's All-American backfield. In 1916, Pollard led Brown to 21-6 and 21-0 victories over Yale and Harvard on successive weekends. Against Yale, he scored once while gaining 144 yards rushing, 74 on kickoff returns, and 76 on punts. In Brown's first victory over Harvard, Pollard scored twice, gained 148 yards rushing, 44 on punt returns, and 51 as a pass receiver. His 12 touchdowns in 1916 is still a Brown record. Pollard had a long pro career, starting with Akron in 1920. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.