He would pull up to the curb in front of the New York Amsterdam News every afternoon at a little before 5 p.m. He drove an elegant-looking black automobile, and you could literally grab a razor blade and shave in front of it if you got close enough. That driving machine was sparkling.
I would walk over to the side of his car, and we would chat as he waited for his wife to exit the office, where she worked on the lobby level. It made my day. Fritz Pollard was a living legend.
Pollard was a great athlete as a teenager and matriculated at Brown University, as well as Bates College. He then became a living legend, professional football's first black quarterback/running back. He was the first black head coach with the Hammond Pros. As the years rolled on, Art Shell, Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, Denny Green, Mike Tomlin, Leslie Frazier, Herm Edwards and Marvin Lewis have stood on his shoulders.