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George Taliaferro also known as the “Jacki Robinson of Football” has passed away Monday at the age of 91. He was the very first black player to be drafted by an NFL team. His alma mater, Indiana University made the announcement about his passing.
Via TMZ, “Taliaferro was a superstar at IU back in the 1940’s playing running back, quarterback and punter — and garnering All-American honors three times.” George graduated the university in 1949 when the Chicago Bears picked him in the 13th round, becoming the first ever black man to be drafted into the league.
He also made three Pro Bowls. One in 1951, 1952, and 1953. When George finished his career in pro-football he finished with 1,300 receiving yards, more than 2,000 pushing yards, and 1,633 passing yards. His alma mater Indiana University put out a statement and in the statement, they said, “All of us at Indiana University are deeply saddened by the passing of George Taliaferro.”
They also said “A man of enormous talent, courage, and determination that helped him shatter racial barriers and earn a special place in the annals of our state and its flagship public university.”
Rest easy George!
Written By: Fantasia Harvey