Walter Flanigan

Walter Harrison Flanigan (May 7, 1890 – June 18, 1962) was an American football player and owner of the Rock Island Independents.wikipedia
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Rock Island Independents

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Walter Harrison Flanigan (May 7, 1890 – June 18, 1962) was an American football player and owner of the Rock Island Independents.
The meeting was again at Canton owner Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership in Canton and Independents owner Walter Flanigan was present to represent the Independents.

Rube Ursella

In 1919, he hired Rube Ursella of the Marines to serve as a player-coach.
In 1919 Walter Flanigan, the manager of the Rock Island Independents, was able to lure Ursella away from the Marines.

Frank Coughlin

On October 16, 1921, after the Independent battled back from a 7–0 deficit against the Chicago Cardinals to lead 14–7 in the second quarter, due to two touchdowns, scored by player-coach Frank Coughlin.
Team owner Walter Flanigan ordered tackle Ed Healey to relieve Coughlin.

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Walter Harrison Flanigan (May 7, 1890 – June 18, 1962) was an American football player and owner of the Rock Island Independents.

National Football League

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He was also one of the co-founders of the National Football League (NFL).

End (gridiron football)

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Flanigan joined the Independents as a backup end in 1912.

Minneapolis Marines / Red Jackets

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Flanigan soon promoted the Independents by scheduling two games in 1917 against the Minneapolis Marines, who were the self-proclaimed "North West Pro Champs".

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However, they were defeated by a wider margin, 33–7, at the second game held in Minneapolis.

World War I

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However World War I and the military draft put a temporary halt to Flanigan's plans of expanding the team into new markets.

Conscription in the United States

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However World War I and the military draft put a temporary halt to Flanigan's plans of expanding the team into new markets.

Rock Island, Illinois

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However once the war ended, Flanigan brought in players from outside the Rock Island area to build on the team.

Player-coach

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In 1919, he hired Rube Ursella of the Marines to serve as a player-coach.

Hammond Pros

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The Independents lost only to the Hammond Pros, led by George Halas in 1919.

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The Independents lost only to the Hammond Pros, led by George Halas in 1919.

Ohio League

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However, the Independents still had defeated several "Ohio League" teams that season, such as the Cincinnati Celts (33–0), the Columbus Panhandles (49–0) and the Akron Indians (17–0).

Cincinnati Celts

However, the Independents still had defeated several "Ohio League" teams that season, such as the Cincinnati Celts (33–0), the Columbus Panhandles (49–0) and the Akron Indians (17–0).

Columbus Panhandles

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However, the Independents still had defeated several "Ohio League" teams that season, such as the Cincinnati Celts (33–0), the Columbus Panhandles (49–0) and the Akron Indians (17–0).

Akron Pros

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However, the Independents still had defeated several "Ohio League" teams that season, such as the Cincinnati Celts (33–0), the Columbus Panhandles (49–0) and the Akron Indians (17–0). It's likely that Canton's Jim Thorpe and Ralph Hay learned that Rock Island's game against the Akron Indians had drawn only 1,700 spectators and felt that Flanigan could not deliver on his $5,000 guarantee, that was money that came primarily from the gate.

Canton Bulldogs

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Flanigan then challenged the Canton Bulldogs to a "championship" game, offering a $5,000 guarantee if they would come to Rock Island for the game.

Massillon Tigers

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However Canton, which had already won the "Ohio League" championship by defeating their arch-rivals, the Massillon Tigers, turned down the offer.

Jim Thorpe

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It's likely that Canton's Jim Thorpe and Ralph Hay learned that Rock Island's game against the Akron Indians had drawn only 1,700 spectators and felt that Flanigan could not deliver on his $5,000 guarantee, that was money that came primarily from the gate.

Ralph Hay

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It's likely that Canton's Jim Thorpe and Ralph Hay learned that Rock Island's game against the Akron Indians had drawn only 1,700 spectators and felt that Flanigan could not deliver on his $5,000 guarantee, that was money that came primarily from the gate.

1920 APFA season

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In 1920, Flanigan eagerly joined, and helped found, the new American Professional Football Association (which was renamed the National Football League in 1922).

1922 NFL season

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In 1920, Flanigan eagerly joined, and helped found, the new American Professional Football Association (which was renamed the National Football League in 1922).