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SportWally Triplett, one of the first African-Americans drafted in NFL, dies at 92

21:46  08 november  2018
21:46  08 november  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Wallace Triplett (born April 18, 1926) is a former professional American football player, the first African - American to be drafted by and play for a National Football League team. For that reason, his portrait hangs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Former NFL player George Taliaferro, who was the first African - American drafted in the league , died Monday night at age 20hMike Triplett . What's next for Mychal Kendricks and the Seahawks. That season he became the first African - American player to lead the Big Ten in rushing yards.

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Wally Triplett, who played football collegiately at Penn State before a career in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, died Thursday at the age of 92, the teams announced .

Triplett was the first African-American starter for the Nittany Lions and ​was one of two black players to play in the 1948 Cotton Bowl against SMU.

Triplett was one of three black players selected in the 1949 NFL Draft after Detroit picked him in the 19th round. He'd go on to spend four seasons in the pros: Two with the Lions and two with the Chicago Cardinals. He appeared in 24 games, rushing 70 times for 321 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 17 passes for 175 yards in his career.

"Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history," the Lions said in a statement. "He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination."

On Oct. 9, 1950, in a game against the Los Angeles Rams, Triplett set an NFL record with 297 yards on four kick returns, including a 97-yard touchdown. While the record was broken in 1994, his record of 73.5 yards per return during that game sill stands to this day.

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