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RHODE ISLAND'S NATIONAL RANK
No. 36 pro | No. 48 college | No. 51 high school
The Providence Steam Roller won the 1928 NFL title. The long-defunct franchise also played the first night game. Now, the 13th of the original colonies to ratify the constitution looks north to the Patriots (Foxborough is just a few towns away from the border). Steve Furness, who earned 12 varsity letters at Rhode Island, was a member of four Steelers Super Bowl teams in 11 NFL seasons.
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In 1916, Brown played in the second Rose Bowl, losing 14-0 to Washington State. Bears halfback and College Football Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard was the first black man to play in the Rose Bowl. Pollard's roommate, Wallace Wade, later became the first to play and coach in the Rose Bowl when he took the 1926 Alabama team to the game. Rhody Tom Ehrhardt led the nation in passing with 4,508 yards in 1985.
Will Blackmon is the state's lone representative in the NFL. Spring 2006 D-I signees: zero. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 42.
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