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torek, 20 aprila, 2021

George Taliaferro, 1st African-American drafted to NFL, dies at age 91

George Taliaferro, the first African-American player to be drafted into the NFL in 1949, died Monday night at age 91, according to the George Taliaferro Sport Association, mns reports.

Taliaferro was chosen by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 draft after being a three-time All-American at Indiana, but he never played for the Bears. He instead played the 1949 season with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Football Conference.

He debuted in the NFL in 1950 after the AAFC folded. He played six seasons with the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles, and was named to the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons from 1951-1953.

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