Date of Birth: December 15, 1895, in Illinois
Date of Death: September 9, 1924, in Marion, Illinois (28 years old)
Edwardsville Intelligencer - Published 09/10/24
Sidney Gepford was buried on September 12, 1924, in Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, Illinos
He committed suicide on September 9, 1924 killing himself with a starter's pistol at his
home in Marion, Illinois. He had recently started a job as athletic director of Marion
Township High School.
He holds the distinction as being the 1st Professional football player to die since
the league began in 1920. By this, I mean the first professional football player since
the APFA began in 1920.
The first professional football player to die that did not play in the APFA/NFL is
Benjamin S. 'Sport' Donnelly. He died on August 3, 1922.
1920 Decatur Staleys (APFA)
Millikin University, Bethany College (WV)