Who Broke the NFL Pro Football Color Barrier?
The four-sport varsity star from UCLA was the first African ... that they broke the NFL color barrier in 1946, one full year before Robinson did it in Major League Baseball (1947). African-Americans did play professional football in its earliest days ...
First Black All-American College Football Player Honored, Belatedly
“He was the first black All-American football player ... the stories of African-Americans who achieved firsts. A couple of years ago, Lapchick wrote a book about African-American athletes who had broken barriers as pro or college players.
Recognizing the First Black Players in Professional Sports
In 2004 Fritz was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Together with fellow African Americans ... play and often ranked among the league leaders in fouls. The Canadian-born O’Ree was called up by the Boston Bruins in 1958 making him the very first ...
African American gay men lead the way in sports
But then I asked myself what this meant for African American culture for these brave men to be the first ... football player at Texas Christian University. This would have allowed me to realize that I could be out and that my dreams of becoming a ...
Spartans' first black player, Gideon Smith, helped M.A.C beat Michigan for first time in 1913
Gideon Smith is believed to be the third African-American to play college football, and one of the first to play pro ball — teaming up with Jim ... National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.