First Professional Football Player
William Walter "Pudge" Heffelfinger
Died April 2, 1954 b. 1867
American athlete. He became the first professional football player in 1892, when he was paid a $500 bonus (about $13,500 in today's money) after scoring the winning touchdown for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club (4-0). A touchdown counted for 4 points at the time.