National Football League’s first African-American player dies at 92


“We fondly reflect on his great achievements and send our heartfelt condolences to the Triplett family.”

The Lions selected Triplett in the 19th round of the 1949 NFL Draft and he played for Detroit in 1949 and 1950. While two other black players were taken before him in that draft, he was the first to play in the regular season.

As a rookie, he set a team record at the time for the longest run from scrimmage with an 80-yard (73-metre) touchdown at Green Bay on October 30, 1949.

A year later, on October 29, 1950, he set a league single-game record with 294 yards on four kick-off returns, including a 97-yard touchdown.

Triplett poses for a photo back in his playing days in 1953.Credit:AP

The record for his total yardage that day lasted for 44 years and is still No. 3 in NFL history.

His kick-off…

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