Providence Steamrollers (National Football League)

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The Providence Steam Rollers (also referred to as the Providence Steam Roller, the Providence Steamroller and the Providence Steamrollers) was a professional American football team based in Providence, Rhode Island in the National Football League from 1925 to 1931.wikipedia
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Peter Laudati

Three men shared in the ownership and management of the team: Coppen, James Dooley, and Peter Laudati.
Peter A. Laudati was a sports promoter and a part-owner of the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League.

James Dooley (judge)

James Dooley
Three men shared in the ownership and management of the team: Coppen, James Dooley, and Peter Laudati.
He became part owner of the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League from 1916 until 1933 when the team folded.

Charles Coppen

The Steam Roller was established in 1916 by members of the Providence Journal; sports-editor Charles Coppen and part-time sports-writer Pearce Johnson.
However, he is best remembered for being a part owner of the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League.

Pearce Johnson

The Steam Roller was established in 1916 by members of the Providence Journal; sports-editor Charles Coppen and part-time sports-writer Pearce Johnson.
Pearce B. Johnson was a part-time sports editor for the Providence Journal and the general manager of the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League.

Cycledrome

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Most of their home games were played in a 10,000-seat stadium that was built for bicycle races called the Cycledrome.
The stadium was home to the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League (NFL) from 1925 to 1933, who played their games in the infield of the velodrome.

American Football League (1926)

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The star player for Providence was halfback George "Wildcat" Wilson, a 1925 All-American from the University of Washington who had spent the 1926 season as the head of the traveling Los Angeles Wildcats of the AFL.
Carr immediately canceled the Maroons' scheduled game against the Providence Steam Roller and suspended the franchise.

1928 Providence Steam Roller season

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Providence opened its 1928 season against Red Grange and the New York Yankees, Wilson's rival from the AFL.
The 1928 Providence Steam Roller season was their fourth in the league.

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The Providence Steam Rollers (also referred to as the Providence Steam Roller, the Providence Steamroller and the Providence Steamrollers) was a professional American football team based in Providence, Rhode Island in the National Football League from 1925 to 1931.
Providence was formerly home to two major league franchises: the NFL's Providence Steam Roller in the 1920s and 1930s, and the NBA's Providence Steamrollers in the 1940s.

Frankford Yellow Jackets

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Both of their two losses came against the Frankford Yellow Jackets (21–10) and (16–3).
However, they had an upcoming two-game set with their toughest opponent yet, the Providence Steam Roller.

1928 Detroit Wolverines (NFL) season

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However, the team soon rebounded with a four-game winning streak over the Dayton Triangles (28–0), Yankees (12–6), Pottsville Maroons (13–6) and Detroit Wolverines (7–0).

History of the National Football League championship

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Providence was the first New England team to win an NFL championship.

Red Grange

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Providence opened its 1928 season against Red Grange and the New York Yankees, Wilson's rival from the AFL.
Grange had been hit in the left arm during the Giants game, causing it to swell by the team's next game against the Providence Steam Roller.

Gus Sonnenberg

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Wildcat Wilson and Clyde Smith were named to the first team, while Curly Oden, Milt Rehnquist, and Gus Sonnenberg were placed on the second team.
He played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1923 until 1930, for the Buffalo All-Americans, Columbus Tigers, Detroit Panthers, and Providence Steam Roller, where he was a member of the 1928 NFL championship team.

Wildcat Wilson

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The star player for Providence was halfback George "Wildcat" Wilson, a 1925 All-American from the University of Washington who had spent the 1926 season as the head of the traveling Los Angeles Wildcats of the AFL.
Upon the demise of the AFL, Wilson joined the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League, for which he played for three years.

Kinsley Park

The game was played at night at nearby Kinsley Park, where floodlights recently had been installed.
The field was used primarily by Providence Steam Roller, Providence Grays and the Providence Gold Bugs.

Perfect season

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The Huskies earned a perfect season, the only season in the professional or semi-professional record books to have not allowed their opponents to score a single point over an entire season.
Playing a combination of AFL teams and independent franchises (such as the Providence Steam Roller and the Salinas Packers), the team went 16–0, with 8 of those wins coming against AFL teams.

Atlantic Coast Football League

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The last three seasons of a "Providence Steamrollers " team were as a member of the Atlantic Coast Football League; in 1962, the Steamroller team was the league's runner-up, losing in the championship to the Paterson Miners in a double-overtime decision.
In fact, several of the teams from the AA were revived in the ACFL, including the Providence Steam Roller, Newark Bears and a team in Paterson, New Jersey.

Clyde Smith (American football)

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Wildcat Wilson and Clyde Smith were named to the first team, while Curly Oden, Milt Rehnquist, and Gus Sonnenberg were placed on the second team.
He played four seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Kansas City Cowboys (1925–1926), the Columbus Tigers (1927), and the Providence Steam Roller (1928).

Curly Oden

Wildcat Wilson and Clyde Smith were named to the first team, while Curly Oden, Milt Rehnquist, and Gus Sonnenberg were placed on the second team.
Olaf Gustave Hazard Oden (May 10, 1899 – August 3, 1978) was an American football running back and punt returner in the National Football League for the Providence Steam Roller and the Boston Braves.

Los Angeles Wildcats

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The star player for Providence was halfback George "Wildcat" Wilson, a 1925 All-American from the University of Washington who had spent the 1926 season as the head of the traveling Los Angeles Wildcats of the AFL.
Wildcat Wilson joined the Providence Steam Roller for the 1927 NFL season.

Milt Rehnquist

Wildcat Wilson and Clyde Smith were named to the first team, while Curly Oden, Milt Rehnquist, and Gus Sonnenberg were placed on the second team.
Milton Rehnquist (April 3, 1892 – December 1971) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Kansas City Blues, Cleveland Bulldogs, Kansas City Cowboys, Providence Steam Roller, New York Giants, and the Boston Braves.

New England Steamrollers

The name was revived again in 1988 for an Arena Football League team, the New England Steamrollers.
They were the first professional football team of any kind to play in Providence since the Providence Steam Roller folded in 1933 and the first non-minor league professional sports franchise to play in the city since the NBA's Providence Steamrollers folded in 1949.

Providence Huskies

A team known as the Providence Huskies (the Steam Roller had used a husky-like dog as their mascot, so this team may have been a continuation of or successor to the Steam Roller) played during the 1933 season.
The team possibly descended from the Providence Steam Roller, a team that played in the National Football League from 1924 to 1931 and likewise had a husky as its mascot and logo.

Joe Braney

Joseph Peter "Speed" Breheney (June 29, 1893 – December 1, 1949) was a professional football player and coach with the Providence Steam Roller of the National Football League.

Jimmy Conzelman

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The Steam Roller had played mediocre football in their first two NFL seasons, but posted a strong 8–5–1 record in 1927 with Jim Conzelman as the team's head coach.
He then played ten seasons as a quarterback, halfback, placekicker, and coach in the National Football League (NFL) for the Decatur Staleys (1920), Rock Island Independents (1921–1922), Milwaukee Badgers (1922–1924), Detroit Panthers (1925–1926), and Providence Steam Roller (1927–1929).