George Taliaferro, 1st black drafted by NFL team, dies at 91

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) George Taliaferro, the star running back for
Indiana who in 1949 became the first black player drafted by an NFL
team, has died at 91.

Senior associate athletic director Jeremy Gray said Tuesday the
Hoosiers had spoken with Taliaferro’s family about his death in
Mason, Ohio. Other details were not disclosed.

Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in
1981. He was the leading rusher on Indiana’s 1945 Big Ten
championship team.

George Halas and the Chicago Bears drafted him in the 13th round.
But Taliaferro had signed a week before with a team from the rival
All America Football Conference. The AAFC merged with the NFL the
following season.

In the NFL, he played for New York, Dallas, Baltimore and
Philadelphia. He played seven positions as a pro and earned Pro
Bowl honors in 1951-53.

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