George Taliaferro

Dead At 91

1st Black Player Drafted By NFL Team

10/9/2018 8:15 AM PDT

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George Taliaferro — known as the “Jackie Robinson of Football” after becoming the 1st black player drafted by an NFL team — died Monday … his alma mater, Indiana University, confirmed.

He was 91 years old.

Taliaferro was a superstar at IU back in the late 1940s … playing running back, quarterback and punter — and garnering All-American honors three times.

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