First Black Players to Enter Professional Leagues

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  • 011112 sports bhm woody strode
  • 011112 sports bhm kenny washington
  • 011112 sports bhm nathaniel clifton
  • 011112 sports bhm chuck cooper
  • 011112 sports bhm jackie robinson
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  • 011112 sports bhm willie o ree
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Woody Strode

Along with Kenny Washington, LA Rams picked up Woody Strode in 1946, ending a nearly 12-year ban on Black athletes in the NFL. Both Strode and Washington were formerly teammates with baseball legend Jackie Robinson on the 1939 UCLA Bruins football team.

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