|Team||Washington & Jefferson
Indiana Normal School
April 2, 1870|
Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania
|Died||November 6, 1950
|Allegheny A. A.
Greensburg A. A.
|Position(s)||Offensive Lineman, Halfback|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
William Ross Fiscus was an early professional football player and coach in the United States. He was one of the first pro players on record.
Fiscus played for the Allegheny Athletic Association professional football team as an offensive lineman in 1891 and 1892, but by 1893 he had successfully earned the role as halfback. Fiscus continued to play several more years for Allegheny, even dropping out of college to do so. This would have put him alongside the first recorded professional football player William "Pudge" Heffelfinger, who also played for Allegheny. In 1896, he played alongside his brother Lawson for the Greensburg Athletic Association.
After completing his professional career, Fiscus was the second head college football coach for the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States, and he held that position for three seasons, from 1897 until 1899. His coaching record at Geneva was 6 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties. As of the completion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 18th at Geneva in total wins and 21st at Geneva in winning percentage (0.412).
Fiscus died in 1950 at Pittsburgh.
- The Early Years of Pro Football in SW Pennsylvania
- Five Hundred Reasons
- Three A's for Football
- Geneva College coaching records
- "The Weekly Wage Professionalism Expands in Pittsburgh: 1893"
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