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.
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.