Toledo is proud to be the home of the Toledo Troopers, a women’s professional football team who dominated the sport throughout their nine-year existence, from 1971 to 1979. During that time, they won seven national championships and held an impressive record that boasted only four games lost out of sixty-eight played! They were recognized in 1983 as the "Winningest Pro Football Team Ever" by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
In 1976, the City of Toledo recognized their “gridiron heroics” and their reflection of “great distinction upon the City of Toledo,” signed by Mayor Harry Kessler. The players and coaches of the 1976 team are also listed on the document, which serves as a reminder of the Toledo Troopers contributions to the sport, the women’s-era movement, and the City of Toledo itself. This document was loaned to the library for digitization by Guy Stout, son of Head Coach William (Bill) Stout, and the team’s waterboy.