Charlie Copley
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End / Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: September 1, 1887
Place of birth: Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
Date of death: May 29, 1944(1944-05-29) (aged 56)[1]
Place of death: Reading, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Muhlenberg College
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Massillon Tigers (1917)
 As coach:
* Gilberton Cadamounts (1923)
Career highlights and awards
* 1920 NFL champion
Stats at

Charles Francis Copley (September 1, 1887 - May 29, 1944) was a professional football player who played for the Akron Pros and the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League.


He was also a former teammate of Fritz Pollard during his time with the Pros and the Badgers. In 1923 Charles became the coach of the Gilberton Cadamounts. This caused Copley to recruit Pollard to play for Gilberton, making Pollard the first African-American to play football in Pennsylvania's coal region.[2] In 1917, Copley played alongside Bob Nash for the Massillon Tigers. The Tigers played in the "Ohio League", which was the direct predecessor to the NFL.[3]


  1. "Charlie Copley". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  2. Ross, C.K. (2005). Race and Sport: The Struggle for Equality on and Off the Field. University Press of Mississippi. p. 11. ISBN 9781578068975. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  3. PFRA Research. "Canton Wins Again 1917". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association): 1–5. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17.
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