Pottsville Republican &
December 13, 2002
They might not have their championship trophy back.
But the Pottsville Maroons did score a victory Thursday when Gov. Mark S. Schweiker signed legislation designating a portion of Route 901 as the Pottsville Maroons Highway.
"The Maroons are a cherished part of Schuylkill County history, and I am pleased we were able to recognize this fine football team," said state Rep. Bob Allen, R-125.
"This designation, which comes more than 75 years after the team won the National Football League and world championships, is also a tribute to those citizens who continue to tell the Maroons' story and fight for the recognition the team and our county so richly deserve," Allen said.
The Maroons won the NFL championship in December 1925 when they beat the Chicago Cardinals.
The following week, they beat Notre Dame at Shibe Park in Philadelphia to claim the world championship.
But the NFL took away the title from the Maroons and allowed the Cardinals to play two more games to get the title.
The team won both, giving the Cardinals a higher winning percentage than the Maroons and recognition by the NFL as champions.
House Bill 2725, sponsored by Rep. Fred A. Trello, D-45, Allegheny County, was on its way to final passage in both houses of the General Assembly when Allen amended it to include the language of his House Bill 2941.
That bill renames a portion of Route 901 through Pottsville, Minersville and Branch Township after the Maroons.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will erect signs bearing the new name of the roadway.
Pottsville's 2006 Bicentennial Committee is also working for the return of the trophy in time for its celebration in a little more than three years.