George Taliaferro, who was the first African-American player drafted in the NFL in 1949, has passed away at the age of 91.
Taliaferro, who was a three-time All-American at Indiana, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 draft, but he never played for the team.
Taliaferro had already committed to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference.
"I knew everybody who ever played with the Bears," Taliaferro told The Undefeated last year. "That was my team."
Taliaferro entered the NFL in 1950 after the AAFC folded and played six seasons, with the New York Yanks (1950-51), Dallas Texans, ('52), Baltimore Colts ('53-54) and Philadelphia Eagles ('55). He was selected to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons, from 1951 to 1953.