Shining a light on pro football’s past

Be sure to check out the great piece in this week’s Sports Illustrated from Alexander Wolff on “The NFL’s Jackie Robinson”.

If you don’t know the names Kenny Washington or Woody Strode, and I sadly did not, Wolff’s article is an incredibly well-researched and well-written look at the pair of African-American pioneers who helped break the NFL’s color barrier in 1946.

There is fascinating history at play throughout the entire timeline and it’s easy to see how Wolff came away with a great appreciation for Washington and Strode after embarking on the months-long efforts to bring their stories to light.

Kenny "Kingfish" Washington

Kenny "Kingfish" Washington

In an accompanying viewpoint at, Wolff states the case for Washington and Strode (along with black sportswriter and activist Halley Harding) to gain induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

They say that you can’t realize your future if you don’t acknowledge your past.  The NFL could right this wrong in a big way by taking Wolff’s lead. 

It’s great to see real journalists bring stories like these come to life.  Just might be the best story about the NFL that you’ll read all season.

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~ by acm213 on October 10, 2009.

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