John Brallier, circa 1895.
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A young man in a uniform posing with a football in his hand.

Credit: Courtesy of Latrobe Area Historical Society, Latrobe, Pa.

Up until the 1960s, football historians believed that the first football player to be paid for his services was Indiana, PA's John Brallier. Brallier was an eighteen-year-old high school student playing quarterback for the Indiana Normal School football team when the Latrobe (Pennsylvania) YMCA football team paid him $10 and "some cakes" to lead their team against a team from Jeanette, PA, on September 3, 1895. Brallier, a strapping 5' - 6" and 125 pounds, led Latrobe to a 12-0 victory, then played college ball at Washington and Jefferson College before becoming an orthodontist.

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