Original NFL Franchise

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Place in History
Team Photo
All Time Records
Douglas Park



Ed Healey

Jimmy Conzelman

Jim Thorpe

Joe Guyon


Key Figures

Walter Flanigan


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 Illinois all the way to the National Football League.

The first mention of the team was in the Rock Island Argus on October 13th, 1902. The Argus reported that the Independents defeated the Standards from Davenport by a score of 6-0. The Independents played their first documented full season in 1907 and by 1919 were 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 1907-1926. Rock Island is working to get a box score and brief summary for each game. Enjoy!!!



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Edward "Nips" Murphy


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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.