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| Adam Mosseri
| Detroit Jewish News
| Foundation Fellow

FRIEDMANThat’s right — it is nearly time for the 2014 National Football League season to begin! Did you know that Benny Friedman, a Jewish man from Cleveland, Ohio, revolutionized the sport?

Friedman led the NFL in passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and scoring in 1928. No other NFL team would surpass 20 passing touchdowns in a season until 1942, the year that Friedman joined the U.S. Navy.
Friedman was an All-American football player at the University of Michigan, who then played professional football for Cleveland, Detroit, Brooklyn and New York. After his playing days were over, he served as a coach for Yale University and the College of the City of New York.

Friedman was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan Hall of Honor, the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. So, the next time you are throwing around the ball with your family and friends, remember the extraordinary tale of Benny Friedman. ■

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