First Black Players to Enter Professional Leagues

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Charles Follis

The National Football League was officially founded in 1920, but its origins date back to 1869, at which point Blacks were barred from playing due to segregation. Charles Follis is celebrated as the first African-American to play professional football, as a member of the Shelby Athletic Club in 1902.

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