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Reconstructing and preserving a part of Rochester, New York's and the National Football League's early history

Through the years 
Gary Maybee
Rochester Jeffs at New York Giants 1925

The Town Who Hated Pro Football by Bob Carroll



Commissioned by the Dr. James King, grandson of the Canton Bulldogs owner/coach, Ralph Hay

Whats New.........
Downtown Canton, Ohio

NFL NETWORK     Bills Draft Pick 2019

News10NBC  with Rich Donnelly

One Bills Live with John Murphy and Steve Tasker on MSG  Network

From Channel 13    March 11,2016 , a Rochester Jeffersons trivia question on Leo's birthday!

October 27, 2015     Pro Football Hall of Fame , Canton, Ohio .  Rochester featured in pro football documentary "Before The League" by Time Warner Sports.

November 10,2014     Sunday Night Football. 

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interesting  facts

*  First  NFL game played on a Thursday  :  Rochester 13   Akron 13       Oct. 12,1922
*  First  NFL game  played on a rare Wednesday:  Rochester 0   NY Giants 13    Nov. 11, 1925
*  The Chicago Staleys ( Chicago Bears) played their first NFL game at  Cubs Park (Wrigley Field)  against  Rochester:     Rochester  13   Chicago  16                            Oct. 16, 1921 
*  The  1924 Pottsville Maroons went 12-1-1  and didnt allow a touchdown all season until the last game:    Rochester Jeffersons   10     Pottsville Maroons  7               Nov. 30, 1924
* The Rochester Jeffersons and Leo Lyons recruited one of pro footballs first African - American players, Henry McDonald                                                          1911 to 1917


This website is not affiliated with the National Football League. All photos on this site are property from the Leo Lyons Collection unless otherwise specified. Please ask is you would like to copy them for your use. This site is for educational purposes. was designed through 2016 by John Steffenhagen