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Elgie Tobin

Elgie Tobin
Date of birth: (1885-05-07)May 7, 1885
Place of birth: Roscoe, Pennsylvania
Date of death: Unknown
Career information
Position(s): Fullback / Quarterback / Head coach
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
College: Penn State
West Virginia
High school: California (Coal Center, PA)
As coach:
1920-1921 Akron Pros
As player:
Youngstown Patricians
Akron Pros
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Playing stats at

Elza (Elgie) Williams Tobin was a professional football player with the independent Youngstown Patricians and a player-coach with the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922) where he wore number 8.[1] Tobin played with Patricians from 1915 until 1919. When the team folded, Tobin joined the Akron Pros of the newly formed AFPA. In 1920, Tobin coached the Pros to win the first ever NFL Championship. The very next season, he split the team's coaching duties with Fritz Pollard, making Pollard the first African-American coach in the NFL.

Tobin was slated to coach a proposed Youngstown team granted by the National Football League in 1922. However the project died in the planning stages.

Prior to playing professional football, Tobin played college football at Penn State and West Virginia. He lettered in football for the Mountaineers in 1907. At Penn State, where records list him as "Yegg Tobin," he lettered for three years (1912, 1913, 1914).


  1. ^ Maxymuk, John (July 18, 2007). "Uniform Numbers of the NFL: Pre-1933 Defunct Teams". Paul Robeson Library. Rutgers University. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 


  • Frolund, Vic (1979). "The Story of the Patricians". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 1 (4): 1–3. 
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