ROCK ISLAND INDEPENDENTS

Original NFL Franchise

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Place in History
Team Photo
Players
All Time Records
Rules
Douglas Park
About

 

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

Ed Healey

Jimmy Conzelman

Jim Thorpe

Joe Guyon

 

Key Figures

Walter Flanigan

Welcome!

This site is dedicated to the Rock Island Independents and the men who came together to take the team from a small neighborhood park in Rock Island to the National Football League.

The team was founded in 1907 and by 1919 was one of the elite football teams in the nation. In 1919, the Independents went 9-1-1 outscoring their opponents 309 to 12.

In 1920, Walter Flanigan joined George Halas in Canton Ohio and entered the Independents into the newly formed American Professional Football Association.

The Independents went on to produce four Hall of Fame members, and will always be remembered as one of the founding NFL teams.

"READ ALL ABOUT IT", in this website designed to read like a newspaper from 1907-1927. Read about life in the early NFL and 1920's football. Read about each game, find out who won and how. Read about key plays and key players. Rock Island Independents.com is working to get a box score and brief summary for each game. Enjoy!!!

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Items of Interest

Player Spotlight

Edward "Nips" Murphy

 

Comments/Questions - Email The Owner of this site

The above team photo is a scan of a photo that is owned by the owener of this website - The image itself is of the 1924 Team - the photographer of the photo is unidentified.

For More information on the early days of pro football, please check out the Pro Football Researchers Association.

 

 

 

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