Wally Triplett, former Penn State football great and the school’s first African-American starter, dies at 92

Former Penn State football great Wally Triplett has passed away, according to the Detroit Lions. He was 92.

Triplett became the first African-American to start at Penn State back in 1945 and he and end Dennie Hoggard later became the first African-Americans to play in the Cotton Bowl in 1948. Some believe that the school’s famed ‘We Are … Penn State’ chant was inspired by the team saying they would not play in the Cotton Bowl unless Triplett and Hoggard were allowed to play, though that claim has been disputed. 

In the Cotton Bowl game, Triplett recorded a six-yard touchdown catch that ultimately led to a 13-13 final with SMU. 

“This is a tremendous loss for not only our football program, but the Penn State community as a whole,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a…

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