DePauw Players Were Among Indiana's Earliest Football Pros

DePauw Players Were Among Indiana's Earliest Football Pros

November 26, 2011

6521November 26, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — An Indianapolis Star article tracing the histories of Indiana's earliest pro football teams includes a short history of the Pine Village Pros. "Pine Village is a tiny Warren County burg where in 1898 an amateur town team was established, as was the case in so many communities across the Midwest," writes Phil Richards. "Pine Village eventually became the Pros and although they never belonged to the NFL, theirs is perhaps the most fascinating story of Indiana's early football history. By 1914, when Pine Village beat the Mickey Club of Indianapolis 111-0, its legend was growing. By 1915, they were the Pros and had begun signing the first of many stars from Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame, Wabash and DePauw. They went 8-0 that season and outscored their opponents 271-0, according to 5641accounts meticulously compiled by Cottingham." (top photo from the 1906 DePauw-Wabash football game)

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DePauw University's football history began in 1884.  Learn more at the program's official online page.