Rock Island Independents

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Rock Island Independents
First Season
1907
Team History
Rock Island Independents (1907-26)
Conference/Division
American Football League (1926)
National Football League (1920-25)
Independent (1907–1919)
Venue
Douglas Park (1907-26)
Key People
Players • Head Coaches • Executives


The Rock Island Independents were a professional American football team, based in Rock Island, Illinois. The Independents were a founding National Football League franchise. They hosted what has been retrospectively designated the First National Football League Game on September 26, 1920 at Douglas Park. The Independents were founded in 1907 by Demetrius Clements as an independent football club, hence the team was named the "Independents."

In 1926, the Independents left the NFL to become a charter member of the first American Football League, the only NFL team to do so. The Independents then folded along with the entire league in 1927. A second, unrelated Rock Island Independents played at the Northwest Football League in 1936.

Publications

Home programs by season

1920s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1920
Week 1 October 24 vs. Chicago Cardinals Douglas Park

See also

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