Do You Remember the NFL’s First Modern-Era African-American Quarterback?
Warren Moon is widely known as the first African American quarterback enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Willie Thrower of the Chicago Bears, in 1953, holds the distinction as the first modern-era African American quarterback to play in the National Football League. While the Pro Football Hall of Fame preserves the history of American football, it recently was brought to the Hall’s attention that in 1951 the Canadian Football League had an African American starting quarterback on one of its rosters.
Two weeks ago, a group of coaches, thanks to Director of Football for Legacy Global Rich McGuinness, came to visit the Hall from the Ontario (CN) Football Association. They are coordinating a trip to bring 16,000 youth athletes to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village Youth Fields. The coaches enjoyed their day at the Hall immensely and it sparked a history discussion.