Tobias "Wolf" Walker founded The League in 1916, and served as its first Commissioner. Nothing is known about his life prior to starting The League, or how he received his nickname. However, he is credited with starting the country's first professional football league. In fact, if this took place in the real world, The League would pre-date the NFL by four years. Walker started The League with four teams in 1916, but was forced to suspend operations after its first season when most of its players were drafted into service for World War I.

In 1923, Walker, along with former Chicago Scouts running back Marshall Cooper revived The League, now with six teams, with the two serving as co-commissioners. Walker held his position until his death from a stroke in 1929. His interest in The League passed to his brother Hugh. Like Cooper, Tobias Walker presumably favored an open, rough and tumble style of play that his brother, a judge, did not share. Walker's death led to dramatic changes, and nearly the death of The League.

Walker's legacy is reflected with two Division II postseason awards: the trophy for the Division II champions is named the Tobias Walker Trophy, while the Division II MVP is named the Wolf Walker Trophy.