By Jeffrey Miller
It’s inevitable. Every year we hear reporters, pundits, fans—even players—debate over All-Pro selections, whether it’s someone being selected though seemingly undeserving, or someone being snubbed despite having outstanding accomplishments that season. Well, who are the ones making these selections? Are the voters really qualified to make such evaluations? Have they actually seen every one of the players they are selecting, or do they go on reputation? And lately it seems every NFL beat reporter, radio host and blogger has their own “exclusive” All-Pro team. Now, with the advent of social media, every fan with a Facebook or Twitter account is an expert!
|Fritz Pollard, Akron, Second-team All-Pro|
Maybe, but who’s to say? Other reporters, that’s who.
Well, I’d like to break with tradition and offer up an All-Pro team from an average fan from Buffalo. It is, admittedly, heavy with members of the Buffalo team, but let’s face it—the selector from the Rock Island Argus picked a team in 1920 despite the fact that the Rock Island team did not face the strong Buffalo All-Americans that year. The result? No Buffalo players were selected even though they finished 9-1-1. George Halas, coach of the Chicago Bears, picked five members of his own team when putting together a syndicated All-Pro squad in 1922. That’s just the way it went in those days.
|Fats Henry, Canton, First-team All-Pro|
No revisionism here … this man was an eyewitness to the game’s early greats.
Here it is …