DETROIT HERALDS, original NFL team, 1920. Quality cotton shirt. Free Shipping!

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Quality cotton t-shirt, graphics front and back:

Team front in red, league pigskin emblem back.

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Detroit football formed at its university, about the time Henry was designing the Model T.  The Heralds matriculated from U of Detroit to semi-pro status in 1911, taking on the tough competition found in the bruising Ohio League.

A quirk in sports history, that before the American Professional Football Association became known as the NFL, the Detroit Heralds perished -- yet is recognized as an NFL original. The team was part of the quartet (Buffalo All-Americans, Chicago Tigers and Columbus Panhandles) that engaged the league's organizing ten in 1920. 

The following year, the Heralds were renamed "Tigers" (really), ceasing operation after the 1921 season. 

[Detroit Lions? Arrived from Portsmouth, Ohio in 1934, where it began as the Spartans in 1929.]

This dynamic shirt illuminates the forgotten history of Motor City. 

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