Julius Whittier, Texas’ pioneering African-American player, dies at 68

After 68 years, the illustrious life of Julius Whittier, a Texas scholar and trailblazer, came to an end Tuesday morning, Texas Athletics said in a press release.

Upon graduating from Highlands High School in 1969, Whittier joined the Texas football team, where he became the first African-American in program history and one of the first in the country to play under scholarship.

“Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” head football coach Tom Herman said after practice Thursday. “Special guy who will always have a special place in Texas football history.”

Whittier was a member of Texas football from 1970–1972. The offensive tackle helped bring back the 1970 National Championship and three consecutive Southwest Conference Championships.

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