Ross Fiscus

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Ross Fiscus
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1870-04-02)April 2, 1870
Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania
Died November 6, 1950(1950-11-06) (aged 80)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1891–1894 Allegheny A. A.
1896 Greensburg A. A.
Position(s) Offensive lineman, halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1897–1899 Geneva
Head coaching record
Overall 6–9–2

William Ross Fiscus (April 2, 1870 – November 6, 1950) was an early professional football player and coach. He was one of the first pro players on record.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] Fiscus continued to play several more years for Allegheny, even dropping out of college to do so.[2] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

Fiscus was the second head football coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 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.[3]

Later life[edit]

Fiscus died in 1950 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[4]


  1. ^ Pro Football Researchers "The Weekly Wage Professionalism Expands in Pittsburgh: 1893"
  2. ^ Pro Football Researchers "The A’s Have It: The 3A’s Triumph: 1894"
  3. ^ Geneva College coaching records
  4. ^ "Obituaries". The Indiana Gazette. November 7, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved July 21, 2014 – via  open access publication – free to read