|Date of birth:||June 3, 1889|
|Place of birth:||Dennison, Ohio, United States|
|Date of death:||January 1, 1953(aged 63)|
|Place of death:||Amanda, Ohio, United States|
|Position(s):||Fullback, Guard, Tackle|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
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Frank Nesser (June 3, 1889 - January 1, 1953) was a professional football player in the "Ohio League" and the early National Football League. During his career he played mainly for the Columbus Panhandles, however he did also play for a little for the Akron Indians, whenever he was recruited by Indians manager, Peggy Parratt.
Frank was a member of the Nesser Brothers, a group consisting of seven brothers who made-up the most famous football family in the United States from 1907 until the mid-1920s.
Nesser frequently engaged in kicking contests with the legendary Jim Thorpe; he once was credited with a 63-yard field goal and his punts were recalled as averaging 70 yards in the air. Frank was also a sensational runner, but his greatest value for the Panhandles was as a passer. He led the Panhandles in scoring during most of his professional seasons.
Nesser was also a minor league baseball player in the Ohio State League from 1910-1914. He later played in the North Carolina State League in 1915 and 1916. After abandoning baseball for a few years he restarted his career in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League in 1920 and played one final season, in 1921, in the Michigan-Ontario League. He left baseball after 9 seasons in which he posted a .325 batting average.
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