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Forrest "Jap" Douds

Football ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Forrest (Jap) Douds was the first coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but not the baseball team. He was hired by Art Rooney as player-coach in 1933 when Rooney was granted the NFL franchise for Pittsburgh. Rooney chose the familiar name of Pirates for his new pro team and it was not until 1939 that Rooney changed the name to Steelers – at the request of the baseball Pirates. Forrest, an offensive tackle and linebacker, played five years of pro football, including the 1933 and 1934 seasons with the Pirates. Earlier he had played with the Providence Steamrollers, the Portsmouth (OH) Spartans, and the Chicago Cardinals. He was one of Rochester High School’s all time star football linemen and linebackers and played on two championship teams. The 1920 Rams won the Beaver County title and claimed the state crown after crushing Monessen, 33-0. In 1921, Rochester again won the county title and tied Westinghouse, 0-0, in a WPIAL title game. After high school, Forrest starred at Bellefonte Academy and Washington and Jefferson College, where he was the roommate of Carl Aschman. Jap won college All American honors three times, including selection to the official Grantland Rice teams in 1927 and 1928. He was the first gridder to play in two East-West games.