The 50 Greatest Black Athletes in NFL History

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The 50 Greatest Black Athletes in NFL History
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For those that do not know, February is "Black History Month" throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1976, this month-long observance has been celebrated throughout the U.S. and Canada, dedicating the month to the education of millions on the amazing, inspiring story that is the history of African-Americans throughout the US, Canada and the world.

There is no question that blacks make up perhaps the largest percentage of successful athletes in the NFL as well as throughout sports. Since 1919 when Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall became the first African-Americans to play in the NFL, a vast number of African-Americans have been honored with their induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an even greater number have had the opportunity to step foot on an NFL field.

With the plethora of athletes throughout sports, and especially the NFL, it seemed only right to take a look at the 50 greatest black athletes to ever grace the gridiron with the spirit of Black History Month in mind.

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