Former Nittany Lion standout, first African-American NFL player Triplett passes


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Former Nittany Lion standout and trailblazer Wally Triplett passed away Thursday morning at the age of 92 in Detroit. Triplett was one of the inspirations for Penn State’s “We Are” moniker and was the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL.

“This is a tremendous loss for not only our football program, but the Penn State community as a whole,” Head Coach James Franklin said. “Wally was a trailblazer as the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL and his influence continues to live on. He had a profound effect on me and the team when he visited in 2015 and shared valuable lessons from his life story and ability to overcome. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wally’s family.”

“We are Penn State, there will be no meetings.”

— Nittany…

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