Taliaferro : Breaking Barriers from the NFL Draft to the Ivory Tower

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George Taliaferro was a star quarterback on Indiana University's first great football team of 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Four years later, in 1949, he became the first African American drafted by the NFL when the Chicago Bears expressed their interest in him. Rather than play for his childhood dream team, Taliaferro opted to honor the contract he had previously signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. However, Taliaferro would eventually go on to play in the NFL for teams such as the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles.To prepare this book, Dawn Knight combed NCAA and NFL records and conducted numerous interviews with George Taliaferro, his family, former teammates, and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. More than a biography of one individual, this is a story of historic achievement and inspiration.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253219310
  • 9780253219312

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