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On this date in 1967, the SEC's first black football player took the field

September 23,1967. Hard to imagine that about 95% of teams started their seasons so late in that period.Kentucky lost 12-10 in Bloomington to Indiana. While Kentucky finished 2-8, Indiana went 9-1 earning their one and only Rose Bowl bid.

Kentucky's Nat Northington, a sophmore started a defensive back.A week later vs Ole Miss,his playing time became the first time an SEC conference game featured a black player.

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Northington
Sad story,really. Northington came to Lexington in the fall of 1966 (remember, freshmen couldn't play varsity until the fall of 1972). Northington was part of a freshman class that included another black player,Greg Page.

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Headed into the 1967 season, Northington and Page both looked to be starters.But a few weeks into fall camp in a rather basic drill, Page took a hit and fell awkwardly and was paralyzed.Sadly, he died a month later. So distraught over Page's death, Northington withdrew from UK shortly thereafter transferring to Western Ky.


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JT Reynolds and Sam Williams were the first black players at A&M, in 1967. Hugh McElroy (not really me) was the first black man to start at A&M (in 1970), and he caught a game winner against LSU - a 79 yard TD pass with 13 seconds left.


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A week later vs Ole Miss


Ole Miss saw their once proud program start #tDecline.


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Ole Miss saw their once proud program start #tDecline


you just have to inject your stupidity into every thread,don't you?


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Love the insight and historical perspective you bring to the board.


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1967 - I thought this was surely a typo, and that Arkansas had to have beat that!

I was sadly proven wrong on all accounts. There has been quite a bit of progress over the last 45 years in the SEC


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re: On this date in 1967, the SEC's first black football player took the field
Tell it to the Alabama sorority group


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Tell it to the Alabama sorority group


There's certainly more to be done, not just in the SEC


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Hugh McElroy
On this date in 1967, the SEC's first black football player took the field


JT Reynolds and Sam Williams were the first black players at A&M, in 1967. Hugh McElroy (not really me) was the first black man to start at A&M (in 1970), and he caught a game winner against LSU - a 79 yard TD pass with 13 seconds left.




I thought Carl Roaches caught that pass from Lex James? Maybe I'm mistaken...


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LSU's was TB Lora Hinton in 1971, then DB Mike Williams in '72. First black QB was Carl Otis (K-O) Trimble in '74.


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Greg Page was also from here in Louisville. I'm not old enough to remember but my Dad saw him play HS ball. There's still a memorial up for him here and his family is still very active in raising money for paraplegics in the area.


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It was McElroy.


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Us and Texas were late to the party.. (1969)

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Greg Page was also from here in Louisville. I'm not old enough to remember but my Dad saw him play HS ball. There's still a memorial up for him here and his family is still very active in raising money for paraplegics in the area.



I assume that is the same person the apartment complex is named for over by Commonwealth...


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Yes indeedy.


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We're proud of the role UNC played in integrating major southern sports. Charles Scott, in 1966, became the first black athlete to participate in a major southern sport when Dean Smith forced the administration to allow him to join the basketball team. He was the Jackie Robinson of his era, handling insults and name calling in a professional, classy manner.

Scott went on to have a wildly successful career, and the rest is history. His success, and the manner in which he seamlessly fit into the team, helped the rest of the South integrate their sports teams. Plus, it didn't hurt that he was a fabulous player and other coaches soon wanted "their Charlie Scott's" for their teams.


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We're proud of the role UNC played in integrating major southern sports. Charles Scott, in 1966, became the first black athlete to participate in a major southern sport when Dean Smith forced the administration to allow him to join the basketball team. He was the Jackie Robinson of his era, handling insults and name calling in a professional, classy manner.


Still, it seems almost unfathomable that it took TWENTY YEARS from Jackie Robinson to integrate southern college football. Wow. It's a different world today.


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In southern football's defense it was incredibly hard to convince a young black man to subject himself to what he would've faced at that time in the South. It's pretty well known here that even before Payne played basketball for UK, Rupp recruited several local (especially Louisville) black players but they had no desire to travel to the South based on perception alone. Especially when they could join something like the Metro and rarely have to cross the Mason-Dixon Line.


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