A few miles west of Ovid along M-21 is a brick marker that stands next to a party store. I am sure many motorists have zoomed on past this brick monument a sculpture of a football and shoe on top of it. to . It marks a significant event in the state’s history and the location of the first professional football game in Michigan
The marker reads, “In the field south of this site on July 4th, 1895 the Michigan Rushers, a local team, played the first professional football game in Michigan, and possibly in the U.S.” The marker was erected after a 100th anniversary game was played in 1995.
It was not the first pro game. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first professional game was played by the Allegheny Athletic Association football team defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club on November 12, 1892.
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