Mr. George Taliaferro and his wife, retired Supreme Court judge Viola Taliaferro will be at the Crispus Attucks Museum, 1140 Dr. MLK Street on Saturday February 4th at 3 p.m. Also featured will be a newly installed exhibit highlighting the lifework of this true American legend.
George Taliaferro was the first African-American drafted by the National Football League and was the first African-American quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. As the leading rusher and an All-American at Indiana University, Taliaferro led his team to their only undefeated Big Ten Conference championship. Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981 and was picked by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL Draft, but instead opted to play with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Football Conference. He played with the Dons in 1949, then moved to the NFL, where he played with the New York Yanks 1950-51, Dallas Texans 1952, Baltimore Colts 1953-54, and Philadelphia Eagles 1955. He went to the Pro Bowl in 1951, 1952, and 1953. Taliaferro is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.