Pittman attended college during the time of segregation. He was listed as a halfback and member of the varsity. Owens lettered as a fullback from 1969-72 and was a key member of the Tigers’ teams during his career. Via South Carolina Athletics: Carlton Haywood was the first African-American recruited to Carolina, coming from Macon, Ga. The majority of the players on the list competed at the varsity level, however, we counted the first time a black player was on a school's freshman roster even if that player … He and Richard Washington are the first Black student-athletes to actually play in a game. Via iu.edu: The first Black student who graduated from IU was Marcellus Neal in 1895 (Bridgwaters, 1981). Via The Chronicle: Jackson became one the Blue Devils’ all-time greats on the field, getting enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986. Although every participating college reported graduation rates of at least 50%, "the gap between White and Black football student-athletes continues to … He became the first of many Eaglesons to attend IU (Gilliam, 1985). A first team All-SEC selection in 1973, 1974, and 1975, Williams had 377 career tackles and led the Rebels in tackles as a senior with 116. He played on the 1969 freshman team, redshirted in 1970 and earned a varsity letter in 1971, a year in which he rushed for 179 yards. For a large portion of the 1900s, many of the college football powers we see today did not even admit black students at their respective institutions. Via The Advocate: A hot commodity from Chesapeake, Va., Hinton, in a scenario that in retrospect seems almost pre-ordained, was the first to sign — belatedly — an athletic grant-in-aid with LSU in 1971. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 3 months. He joined the Oklahoma State football team while the majority of other schools still had all white football rosters. Via Miami Athletics: Ray Bellamy was the first African-American to sign a football scholarship to play for the University of Miami. At the time, he was only the fifth black athlete nationally at a predominantly white university. Via Arkansas Athletics: A tailback and a cornerback, Brown joined the Shoats squad, a team of younger players that would practice against the varsity squad in a part of practice called “fourth quarter.” Brown lined up across the line from several notable Razorback legends, including College Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Caveness. Wilbur Jackson played for Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, and would become the first Black player to ever be offered a scholarship from … He also excelled on defense and did some place-kicking for the Wolverines. Eagleson’s name appeared on the IU varsity football roster for the 1893-1895 football seasons (Gilliam, 1985). "The fact that I was the first Negro to play in the Southwest Conference had no significance. Via blackpast.org: In 1923, Taylor accepted the scholarship offered to him by “Gloomy” Gus Henderson, the head football coach at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los, Angeles. First African-American to play Division I football South of the Mason-Dixon Line and in the ACC. Via fishduck.com: Robinson was a multi-sport star at Jefferson High School in Portland, a gifted halfback on the gridiron and pole-vaulter on the track, as well as baseball and basketball. Due to the significance of Dobbins joining the team, he and fellow Radford teammate Tommy Edwards had their signing ceremony televised on Claiborne's show. Pittman attended college during the time of segregation. Iowa State football moved to a new venue in 1975 with the contruction of a new stadium, located at the Iowa State Center. A tailback and a cornerback, Brown joined the Shoats squad, a team of younger players that would practice against the varsity squad in a part of practice called “fourth quarter.” Brown lined up across the line from several notable Razorback legends, including College Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Caveness. He also played defensive tackle for NU. The No. Via Notre Dame Athletics: Wayne Edmonds ('56) becomes the first Black student-athlete to earn a monogram on the football team. Via AU Now: He signed with Auburn out of Fairfield High in 1969 and became the program’s first African American scholarship player. The game was moved to South Bend. He will be unable to attend as he is undergoing cancer treatment. He is still very at home in the legendary stadium, but playing at Kyle wasn't part of his plan when he arrived at Texas A&M in 1967 from an all-black high school. Due to the persistence of the students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and other supporters, the stadium was finally named Jack Trice Stadium in 1997. The running back became a two-time All-Big Eight player and the 1959 Orange Bowl MVP. Via the Missourian: (Stevenson) was the first black player to accept a scholarship to play at Missouri. He was a fast, exceptionally accurate passer, and he could kick more than 60 yards. Ernest Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football player, a halfback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1961 and was its first African-American recipient. By: Bryan Manning, This story originally appeared on LSU Wire. When Ole Miss celebrated its 100th anniversary of fielding a football team in 1993, Williams was voted by the fans to the school's "Team of the Century." Via KU Athletics: Floyd, who spent most of his schooling years in Mallison, Ohio, decided to become a Jayhawk because his former high school coach and Kansas head coach at the time, Charles "Chuck" Mather, urged him to come to Kansas. However, academic struggles and hardships kept Patterson off the field as a varsity player. © 2005-2021 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Frank Kinney Holbrook (Bottom row, first from left) (Photo: foriowa.org). He was also chosen to Athlon Sports All-Time Rebel Team (1893-1995). Four years later, King became the first African American from Georgia drafted to play in the NFL, and he had a nine-year professional career as a running back with the Detroit Lions. Via Biography.com: Frederick Patterson was the first African American automobile manufacturer in the United States. Taylor Stokes (Photo: Vanderbilt Athletics). On August 15, 1942, Dave died from complications following a tonsillectomy. Afterward, he played in the Canadian Football League and was named outstanding player in the Eastern Division for 1955. William Exum's family settled in Gary, Indiana; after he graduated from high school, he left Indiana to attend school in Wisconsin. Yet rather than a sense of historic accomplishment, the Louisville product ended that night crying tears of grief. UF was one of the last SEC programs to bring blacks into the fold. Mr. Jewett’s name first appeared on a Michigan Football Roster in 1890. Frederick graduated from Greenfield High School in 1888 and went on to college at Ohio State University. He later went on to be the first African-American to receive an advanced degree from IU in 1906 (Gilliam, 1985). He was listed as a halfback and member of the varsity. Preston Eagleson, a classmate of Neal, is credited as being the second Black graduate of IU in 1896. A year later, they joined the varsity squad and guided State to its first winning season in seven years. He later became Miami's first African-American Student Body president. He and Richard Washington are the first Black student-athletes to actually play in a game. He played three years for the Vols, totaling 70 receptions for 1,003 yards and 10 touchdowns, while adding two rushing scores. Stone lettered in football, basketball and baseball from 1944 to '46 at the old Armstrong High School and later was a triple-threat quarterback at Syracuse. In 1971, which was 10 years after the integration of the university, they became the first African Americans to join the team. During the 1953 season, Georgia Tech refused to host Notre Dame for a home game, because Black players, Edmonds and Washington, were on the team. Brown is quick to credit a number of teammates, including David Hargis, Bruce Maxwell and Terry Don Phillips, for their support. At a time when freshmen were ineligible, Williams started every game as a sophomore cornerback in 1972, making dramatic plays and eventually being selected All-Southeastern Conference and All-America. In fact, Stone not Jim Brown was the first black star at Syracuse in the early '50s, beating Brown by several years. He was steered to Iowa City by several Hawkeye supporters in Tipton, who provided a fund for his tuition and living expenses. Dobbins enrolled at Tech in the fall of 1969, ineligible as a freshman to play varsity football. Instead, the night before Northington made history, Page died. Williams meanwhile was a bruising runner in his own right coming from Washington High School in Portland. Born in Virginia to freedmen, he graduated from Amherst … He competed in the 100-metersprint and was a member of the USC mile relay team that set a World Record in 1925. 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