George Taliaferro

  • Born: January 8, 1927
  • Died: October 8, 2018
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George Taliaferro

First African-American player drafted by an NFL team…

George Taliaferro was the first African-American player to be drafted by an NFL team. The Chicago Bears drafted the All-American halfback out of Indiana University in 1949. Though he was fan of the Bears, he had already signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. After the league folded in 1950, he joined the New York Yanks of the NFL. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.