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    Post First black man drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears in 1949 dies at age 91


    The first black man to have been drafted into the National Football League has died at the age of 91.

    George Taliaferro, who was also only the second black quarterback in the league, according to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, passed away on Monday.

    In addition to leading the offense, the star athlete also played running back, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, kick returner and punt returner during his career.

    Though selected by the Bears, Taliaferro never played on the team because he had signed the week prior with the Los Angeles Dons of the competing All-America Football Conference. He would join the NFL the following year, as a New York Yank.

    While the three-time Pro Bowler was the first black man to be selected during the NFL draft, other black men did play in the league before he joined.

    'I'm the one person in the history of the NFL to play seven positions,' Taliaferro told Jerry Bembry of The Undefeated in September 2017.

    'When I went on the field, the game was over when I came off.'

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    More info on his statistical record here - https://www.pro-football-reference.c...T/TaliGe00.htm

    Imagine growing up through your teenage years with the backdrop of World War 2 and not knowing what the future held. It's perspective that we are rapidly losing and will only be left with second hand accounts and history books.

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    Thanks for sharing. Quite a nice average yard per carry for his career.


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