Third and Long: The History of African Americans in Pro Football
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When the New Orleans Saints were awarded an NFL franchise in 1967, it opened the door to sports franchises in the South for all professional sports.
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When the All America Football Conference folded in 1949, only three teams – the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Colts and the San Francisco 49ers – were admitted to the NFL.
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Kenny Washington and Woody Strode played collegiate football at UCLA with another individual who would break the color barrier in sports – Jackie Robinson
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Following the 1950 season, Wally Triplett was the first NFL player drafted into service for the Korean War.
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Doug Williams was the first and only Black quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP Award.
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Fritz Pollard was the first African American to be head coach of an NFL team.
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Buddy Young was the first Black executive to work at the NFL headquarter offices.
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Emlen Tunnell was the first African American player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL's first full-time African-American assistant coach.