Cleveland Indians (National Football League) (1931)

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Photograph of Olympic athlete and professional football player Jim Thorpe, ca. 1920-1929. Thorpe was a Native American of Sac and Fox descent and played football at the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1912 he was the Olympic decathlon champion. Thorpe was one of the early superstars of the National Football League and served as the League's first president. He played for several professional football teams in Ohio: the Canton Bull Dogs, Cleveland

Indians and Oorang Indians.

On July 12, 1931, the Cleveland Indians joined the National Football League. This professional football team existed only for the 1931 season and played its home games in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, two other Cleveland Indians teams had existed. The first played during the 1921 season in Cleveland. Samuel H. Deutsch, a jeweler in Cleveland, formed the second team on July 8, 1923. Both of these earlier Indians teams also played in the National Football League.

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