Rock Island Independents
|Rock Island Independents (1907-26)|
|American Football League (1926)|
National Football League (1920-25)
|Douglas Park (1907-26)|
|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.
Home programs by season
|Week 1||October 24||vs. Chicago Cardinals||Douglas Park|