George Taliaferro, the primary African-American man drafted by an NFL workforce, died Monday. He was 91, in accordance with ESPN.
Taliaferro was picked by the Chicago Bears through the 13th spherical of the 1949 NFL draft, though he already dedicated to play on the Los Angeles Don of the All-America Soccer Convention, an expert league that rivaled the NFL from 1946 to 1949.
We remorse to announce that our namesake of the group has handed away. George Taliaferro was really a job mannequin within the Bloomington neighborhood. We are going to proceed to ensure his legacy lives on right here and all through the nation! pic.twitter.com/Wlxrrh33th
— George Taliaferro Sport Assoc. (@IU_GTSA) October 9, 2018
The previous soccer star later performed six seasons for the NFL on the New York Yanks (1950-51), Dallas Texans (1952), Baltimore Colts (1953-54) and Philadelphia Eagles (1955).
He’s the one participant to have performed seven positions within the league, together with quarterback, working again, punter, vast receiver, defensive again, kick returner and punt returner, in accordance with a 2017 interview with The Undefeated.
After retiring from the sport, Taliaferro taught at the College of Maryland and Indiana College. He was additionally the dean of scholars at Morgan State.
Jim Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts proprietor, shared his ideas on the passing of Taliaferro on Twitter. “Relaxation in peace…A trailblazer and true gentleman,” Irsay wrote. “George graced us along with his presence at a latest dwelling recreation. One in every of our final connections to professional soccer of the ’40s/50s.”
Relaxation in peace, George Taliaferro. Not solely 1st African-American drafted into NFL, but in addition league’s 2nd African-American QB. A trailblazer and true gentleman, George graced us along with his presence at a latest dwelling recreation. One in every of our final connections to professional soccer of the ’40s/50s.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 9, 2018
RIP George Taliaferro first African American drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears in 1949, he was 91 years outdated! Thanks for paving the way in which for younger males like me to play this recreation! Salute ✊🏾 #BlackExcellence pic.twitter.com/rYgfhgf70J
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) October 10, 2018