On This Date 11/12/1892

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William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when the Allegheny Athletic Association pays him $500 in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The AAA got what they paid for as he scored the game-winning touchdown on a fumble recovery. While at Yale, Heffelfinger, a three-time All-American, was playing with the Chicago Athletic Association before being offered a bonus and travel expenses to play with Allegheny.

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