First Black Player Drafted by NFL Passes Away at 91

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October 12, 2018Oct 12, 2018

The National Football League is one of the most famous organizations in the entire world. Millions of fans love to watch their teams battle it out on the gridiron every Sunday in the fall.

However, the NFL just lost an iconic player. George Taliaferro has passed away at the age of 91. He made history for being the first African-American man to be drafted by an NFL Team.

"Taliaferro was picked by the Chicago Bears during the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft, although he already committed to play on the Los Angeles Don of the All-America Football Conference, a professional league that rivaled the NFL from 1946 to 1949," according to reports.

George played six seasons in the NFL. He is also the only player to have ever played seven different positions during his career. He was truly a talented athlete!

Fans and friends mourned his loss on social media. Many posted heartfelt tributes after the news broke that he had passed away.

"Rest in peace, George Taliaferro. Not only 1st African-American drafted into NFL, but also league's 2nd African-American QB. A trailblazer and true gentleman, George graced us with his presence at a recent home game. One of our last connections to pro football of the '40s/50s," wrote Jim Irsay, the owner for the Indianapolis Colts.

Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone who knew and loved George. We pray that God's healing grace would surround them and comfort them through this sad time.

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