Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==The NFL== In 1920 the Columbus Panhandles joined the newly formed American Professional Football Association (now called the NFL). While Carr was involved in the formation of the new league from the beginning, he turned down being president of the league so they could hire [[Jim Thorpe]] because the new league needed a big name for publicity. [[File:1921 Panhandles.jpg|300px|right|thumb|1921 Columbus Panhandles of the National Football League]] ===First AFPA/NFL game=== The Panhandles may have played in the first AFPA/NFL game. However due to not having the games start at a standardized time, and the failure of the NFL of recording the start times, historians can not determine for sure which two team played in the first league match-up. What is known for a fact is that the first contests between teams listed as APFA members occurred on October 3, 1920. On that date, the Panhandles were defeated by the Dayton Triangles, 14-0, at [[Triangle Park (Dayton)|Triangle Park]], and the [[Rock Island Independents]] beat the [[Muncie Flyers]], 45-0, in [[Rock Island, Illinois|Rock Island]]. One of these two games marked the first league game. ===Columbus Tigers=== Following the 1921 season, Carr became the league's new president and renamed the AFPA, the NFL. He then discontinued the Panhandles after the 1922 season. Because of cost and salary demands, the team simply couldn't compete in the league. Columbus remained basically a [[semi-professional|semi-pro]] team made up almost entirely of hometown players, and the three Nesser brothers still with the team were past their prime. Following the 1922 season, the Panhandles became the '''Columbus Tigers'''. This new team was purchased by local businessmen, as a traveling team, and played in the NFL from 1923 to 1926 seasons before disbanding. In 1923, the Tigers attained their best ranking in the NFL, finishing eighth. The next season, the squad finished tenth, and then ended their final two seasons twentieth and nineteenth respectively. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the American Football Database are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://americanfootballdatabase.fandom.com/wiki/Columbus_Panhandles"