November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we’ll look back at stories of interest.
On such story is the life and football exploits of Philip “Woodchuck” Welmas.
Welmas befriended the great Jim Thorpe through the football program at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Decades later, the Washington Redskins would host training camp at nearby Dickinson College under Hall-of-Fame coaches Vince Lombardi, George Allen and Joe Gibbs.
Welmas went on to play professional football in the early days of the NFL in 1923.
In the picture below, he poses in his squad photo for the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1913.
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