George Taliaferro dies at 91

George Taliaferro Sport Association

George Taliaferro, who was the first African-American drafted by an NFL team, has died at the age of 91.

The announcement of his death was made by the George Taliaferro Sport Association on Monday night. Taliaferro grew up in Indiana and starred on the Hoosiers’ only undefeated team before a stint in the United States Army in 1946.

He made history when he was drafted by the Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 draft, but opted to play in the All-American Football Conference with the Los Angeles Dons. He was named rookie of the year and then moved to the NFL with the New York Yankees in 1950. He also played for the Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1955.

Taliaferro made three Pro Bowls while rushing 498 times for 2,266 yards and catching 95 passes for 1,300 yards. He scored 27 total touchdowns.

He returned to work for Indiana University after retirement. Our condolences go out to his loved ones on their loss.

9 responses to “George Taliaferro dies at 91

  1. Here’s to the long and fruitful life of Mr. Taliaferro, whose life and work after football was as important and inspirational as his historic playing career…

  2. So were the Los Angelas Dons and the NY Yankees the teams the Packers beat on their way to their “championships”? Lol!!!

  3. One of many African American trailblazers who faced horrid racism to be on the field.

    A brave and good man, RIP

  4. Burning Nikes Because There’re Outta Crosses!!! says:
    October 9, 2018 at 7:46 am
    If you look into this guy life & career. You would side with Kap7 goal. Someone seriously put a $90 bounty on knocking Taliaferro out on the field just for being black, SMH!!!

    Supporting all people’s rights and supporting the false narratives are mutually exclusive.

  5. itsalwaysabout says:
    October 9, 2018 at 10:37 am
    Burning Nikes Because There’re Outta Crosses!!! says:
    October 9, 2018 at 7:46 am
    If you look into this guy life & career. You would side with Kap7 goal. Someone seriously put a $90 bounty on knocking Taliaferro out on the field just for being black, SMH!!!

    Supporting all people’s rights and supporting the false narratives are mutually exclusive.
    —————————————————————
    How ironic since it was you angry old white guys who provided the false narrative….

  6. Ezzert“Sugarfoot” Anderson with the LA Dons, Tom Casey with the NY Yankees were the real trailblazers having played in the AAFC before 1948..

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