DETROIT PANTHERS

  • The Detroit Panthers were formed by Hall of Famer Jimmy Conzelman – a quarterback who had previously played for the Decatur Staleys, the Rock Island Independents and the Milwaukee Badgers. Conzelman served as the team’s owner, coach and quarterback.
  • Built on a strong defense, the team started the 1925 season 8-1. However, a 6-3 upset loss to Rock Island on Thanksgiving Day knocked the Panthers out of first place and they ended the season in third.
  • Conzelman gave up the franchise after the 1926 season, and joined the Providence Steam Roller as a player-coach. He would later go on to win NFL Championships with Providence in 1928 as a player and the Chicago Cardinals in 1947 as the head coach.

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