Wally Triplett, N.F.L. Trailblazer, Is Dead at 92


Wally Triplett, one of the first African-Americans drafted by a National Football League team, died on Thursday. He was 92.

His death was announced by the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted him in 1949. The announcement did not say where he died.

Triplett, a running back, was the third African-American selected in an N.F.L. draft, but he was the first to play in a regular-season game. He played 18 games for the Lions in 1949 and 1950 and, after serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, six games for the Chicago Cardinals in the 1952-53 season.

George Taliaferro, who died in October, was the first black player drafted in the N.F.L. but played instead for a team in a rival league that season. He was chosen in the 13th round, six rounds before Triplett, in 1949.

Triplett was also the…

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