Black college football "classics" were conceived in 1924 when Alabama State College and Tuskegee Institute met in the first-ever Turkey Day Classic in Montgomery, Alabama.
Quarterbacks, Punters and a few lineman. Most college football players are black. Most of the white players are too buzy getting an education.
John Mitchell was one of the first two black players to join the Alabama football team. Mitchell played in 1971 and was co-captain in 1972.
John Mitchell played for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama in 1971 and 1972. Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson were the first black players to play football at Alabama. Mitchell became co-captain of the 1972 team.
The first black football recruit at Alabama was Wilbur Jackson. He was recruited in 1970, but due to NCAA rules preventing freshmen from playing, did not appear on field until 1971.
What football players put under their eyes that is black is simply called "eye black." It is used to reduce glare from the sun, and it can consist of beeswax, paraffin, and carbon.
At 20 years old, John Mitchell became the youngest coach in college football at the time, as well as Alabama's first African-American assistant coach.
There called forearms and players wear it for when they land to the ground.
In "modern football" there are no black colleges. Ever heard of desegregation?
It suppose to reduce the sun's glare. But I've seen some players wear it at night games. Also some college players use paint of their school colors, which makes absolutely no practical sense.