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    1916 Stan Cofall University of Notre Dame Longines Watch & Football Charm. Early college football memorabilia of this stature is seldom encountered, and when it is, it rarely is able to be traced to a significant player. Not only does this beautiful Longines pocket watch with chain, pocket knife and football charm attached have ties to a top notch Notre Dame football player, it happened to belong to the 1916 team captain, Stan Cofall. In three years, Cofall scored thirty touchdowns and 237 points to lead the team each year. After graduation in 1917, Cofall went on to become a player-coach for the professional Massillon Tigers.

    After a two-year hiatus for World War I, he organized the Cleveland Indians football team and then helped form the American Professional Football Association, later to become the National Football League. Cofall was named the first vice president of the league. Throughout the early 1920's he played with a handful of other early professional teams, including the Union Quakers of Philadelphia and the Pottsville Maroons, with whom he won a league championship. The Maroons joined the NFL the following year in 1925.

    The 14 karat gold Swiss watch, made by internationally renowned Longines, appears to be in fine working condition, and features Cofall's engraved initials on the verso. A long chain connects to a small three-bladed gold filled Latama Italian pocket knife, also engraved with initials "S.B.C." Finally, a one inch long 14 karat gold football with "1916 ND" in royal purple and the engraving "Stan Cofall - Captain" slides along the chain. Very minor scratches from normal wear and portions of purple highlights worn off the football charm are the only detractions to this piece, and frankly, are only noted for the sake of full disclosure. Any wear on this piece is consistent with normal use by one of the early founders of professional football. Letter of provenance from Stan Cofall's son.


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