First Pro Football Player  LbNA # 55779

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateSep 22 2010
LocationBlessing, TX
Found By Lone Star Quilter
Last Found Oct 1 2010
Hike Distance?

My 400th Letterbox
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Status: alive

William "Pudge" Heffelfinger was born in 1867 and later went to Yale, where he became a guard for the first ever All-American team in 1889, and again in 1890 and 1891. He then played amateur football for the Chicago Athletic Association until November 12, 1892 when he was paid $500 by the Allegheny Athletic Association to play in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This established Heffelfinger as being the first professional football player. He died in 1954 and is buried in Hawley Cemetery, where this microbox can be found.

From Blessing, go east on Hwy 35 about 3 miles, going past Hwy 71, and turn left on CR 459. Go about .7 mile and turn left into Hawley Cemetery. Park by the restrooms near the flagpole.

Walk east about 25 yards to small fenced in area with bushes all around. Walk through gate and visit the grave of "Pudge". Go back to gate and look in first bush on left (west) side. Microbox is within trunks under a rock and grass. Please be discreet and replace as described.