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Rock Island Will Host Part of NFL Draft

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Rock Island will help the NFL announce a few draft picks in the spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports the city jumped at the chance.Radio story

April 27th, the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Quad Cities will host 6th round player selections.

Todd Winter, from Rock Island Parks and Recreation, says the National Football League called Mayor Mike Thoms to ask if the city where the NFL was born would host part of its draft. 

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Winter says Rock Island and Augustana College are discussing where to hold the NFL announcements, probably at the school's football stadium and Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club.

The city hopes to host a number of events to celebrate the history of the NFL in Rock Island and Douglas Park, such as a punt, pass, and kick competition for kids. 

The Rock Island Independents hosted the first NFL game in September, 1920, beating the Saint Paul Ideals, 48 to 0.

Rock Island Independents 1912 team photo
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Rock Island Independents 1912 team photo

Order of teams for the NFL's first round draft
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Order of teams for the NFL's first round draft
Promotional flyer for  an Independents' football game at Douglas Park
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Promotional flyer for an Independents' football game at Douglas Park
Rock Island announced plans for a football museum in the old firehouse in Douglas Park in August, 2017.
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Rock Island announced plans for a football museum in the old firehouse in Douglas Park in August, 2017.

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