Elgie Tobin
Tobin pictured in La Vie 1915, Penn State yearbook
Fullback, quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1885-05-07)May 7, 1885
Place of birth: Roscoe, Pennsylvania
Date of death: August 3, 1953(1953-08-03) (aged 68)
Career information
College: Penn State
West Virginia
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Youngstown Patricians (1915–1919)
 As coach:
* West Virginia (1915) (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL Champion (1920)
  • Ohio League champion (1915)
  • Coaching record: 16-3-4
Stats at

Elza Williams "Elgie" Tobin (May 7, 1886 – September 3, 1953) was a professional American football player with the independent Youngstown Patricians and a player-coach with the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922) where he wore number 8.[1] Tobin played with Patricians from 1915 until 1919. When the team folded, Tobin joined the Akron Pros of the newly formed AFPA. In 1920, Tobin coached the Pros to win the first ever NFL Championship. The very next season, he split the team's coaching duties with Fritz Pollard, making Pollard the first African-American coach in the NFL.

Tobin was slated to coach a proposed Youngstown team granted by the National Football League in 1922. However, the project died in the planning stages.

Prior to playing professional football, Tobin played college football at Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University. He lettered in football for the Mountaineers in 1907. At Penn State, where records list him as "Yegg Tobin," he lettered for three years (1912, 1913, 1914).


  1. Maxymuk, John (July 18, 2007). "Uniform Numbers of the NFL: Pre-1933 Defunct Teams". Paul Robeson Library. Rutgers University. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
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