Charles Follis was believed to be the first black player in the NFL from 1902 to 1906. Between 1920 and 1926, there were only nine black people that played in the NFL, making Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall the first black players in the NFL in 1920.
Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, a famous return specialist for the houston oilers was the first NFL player to wear withe cleats.
Art Shell became the first African American NFL head coach of the modern era when he was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989.
Jim Thorpe (link below) was probably the first American Indian to play pro football. He played professionally with the Pine Village Pros in Indiana in 1913 and later went on to become the first president of the NFL, where he also played for the Oorang Indians (an all-American Indian team) in Ohio.
Bobby Marshall, along with Fritz Pollard, were the first two African Americans to play in the NFL in 1920. Pollard played for the Akron Pros and Marshall played for the Rock Island Independants
When did Jim Brown win an NFL MVP award
He did win the NFL 2010 MVP award
The first NFL Pro Bowl MVP award went to Otto Graham, the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. The Pro Bowl was first played in 1938. Then it was referred to as the Pro All-Star Game. There were no MVP awards for the first 5 All-Star Games. Due to World War II, the last Pro All-Star game was played in 1942. The NFL did not revive the game until 1950, when it was dubbed the Pro Bowl. That was when Otto Graham won the MVP award. In the 1956 season, the MVP award was split into two categories. The NFL awarded MVP honors to a Lineman and a Back. This Co-MVP pattern was utilized thru the 1970 season. In 1971 the NFL opted for an offensive and defensive MVP award. That lasted for just one game. In the Modern day NFL, after the NFL/AFL merger in 1970, the winners of the MVP awards were: Back: Cornerback Mel Renfro of the Dallas Cowboys ; Lineman: Linebacker Freddy Carr of the Green Bay Packers.
Barry Sanders ... won the Heisman in 1988 and the NFL MVP in 1997.
The 1994 NFL MVP was won by Steve Young (his second award)
Bradshaw won 1 league MVP award, the Associated Press MVP award for the 1978 season, and was named MVP for 2 Super Bowls (SBs XIII and XIV).
Twice in 2007 and 2010
Hines Ward never won the NFL MVP award. But he was named MVP in Super Bowl XL, when the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks on February 5, 2006.
He won an award from SWAC, the Nashville Sports person of the year, and NFL MVP from both the league (he shared this award with Peyton Manning), and MVP from the Associated Press.