Amos Alonzo Stagg: Stagg was a famous University of Chicago coach who developed the “Statue of Liberty” play, in which a halfback takes the ball from the quarterback who has his hands raised as if to throw a forward pass. (I explain offensive positions in Part II.) He was also the first coach to put numbers on players’ uniforms.
Jim Thorpe:A Native American who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe was an All- American at Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Indian School and was the first big-time American athlete to play pro football. He was paid the princely sum of $250 to play a game for the Canton Bulldogs in 1915. Today, Canton, Ohio, is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.