Pro-Football Player Who Made NFL History Passes Away, Fans and Coaches Saddened

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October 09, 2018Oct 09, 2018

A professional football player who made NFL history, George Taliaferro, sadly passed away on Monday, October 8th. He was 91 years old at the time of his death.

Taliaferro was the first-ever African-American player to be drafted in the NFL, reported ESPN. Although he was first drafted by the Chicago Bears, he never played for them due to prior commitments.

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Throughout his NFL career, he played for the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to being the first-ever African American NFL star, he is the only person to play seven positions in the league: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter, kick returner, punt returner, and defensive back.

The NFL legend was also a three-time Pro Bowler in the years 1951, 1952, and 1953.

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NFL fans, coaches, and others in the sports industry are saddened by his passing. Sports reporter Stage Steele, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, and Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard were among those who posted a tribute.

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Please pray for Taliaferro’s friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. The NFL legend will be greatly missed by many!

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