Black HistoryNationalSports

George Taliaferro, 91, First Black Player Drafted by NFL, Dies

George Taliaferro, star Indiana running back who in 1949 became the first black player drafted by an NFL team, died Monday night. He was 91.

His death was announced by the George Taliaferro Sport Association.

Taliaferro, a three-time All-American at Indiana, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 draft, but never played for the team.

He entered the league the following year after playing for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference in the 1949 season. He eventually played six seasons in the NFL for four different teams, including the Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, and made three Pro Bowls.

In his pro football career, Taliaferro rushed for 2,266 yards on 498 carries, caught 95 passes for 1,300 yards and scored 27 total touchdowns.

After retirement, Taliaferro who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981, returned to his native Indiana where he worked for the University of Indiana.

Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker