Producer Joel B. Michaels Developing Biopic On Fritz Pollard, The First Black Football Player to Play In The NFL
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Joel B. Michaels has entered into an agreement with the Fritz Pollard family bringing to the screen the life story of pro football phenom who blazed a trail to become the first professional Black NFL player. He was posthumously inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Pollard’s life story is an American biographical controversial drama set against the backdrop of the “New Negro Movement” and the roaring twenties. In 1920 “Fritz” became the first Black athlete to gain national notoriety by breaking the racial barrier in professional sports in America. He would go on to lead Brown University to play in the inaugural Rose Bowl game in 1916, and in 1920 signed a pro contract and lead the Akron Pros to win the first ever championship in the NFL. He went on to become the first NFL Black quarterback and the first NFL Black coach. All while becoming a successful business mogul and working with celebrities including Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Corey McGowan and Connor Martin who brought in the story will be serving as producers alongside Michaels.
Michaels is currently preparing the remakes of The Changeling and The Silent Partner.
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