George Taliaferro, First African-American Drafted Into the NFL Dies at 91

George Taliaferro, 91, who was the first black man drafted into the NFL, died on Monday. The first black man to have been drafted into the National Football League has died at the age of 91. 


George Taliaferro, who was also only the second black quarterback in the league, according to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, passed away on Monday. In addition to leading the offense, the star athlete also played running back, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, kick returner and punt returner during his career.

Taliaferro never played on the team because he had signed the week prior with the Los Angeles Dons of the competing All-America Football Conference. 

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