Wally Triplett, First Afro-American Player To Play In The NFL After Being Drafted Dies

Wally Triplett

The first Afro-American player to play in the NFL after getting drafted died on November 8th, 2018. He was 92 years old.

Lion Statement:

“As the first African American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history. He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination.

“His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African American starter and varsity letter-winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl.