History has not recorded who the first African American was to sign a contract with the American Football League. The AFL actively recruited African American players and players from historically African American colleges. The Kansas City Chiefs, in 1963, were the first team to make the #1 pick in the draft an African American (Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan from Grambling). Among the African American that played in the AFL's inagural season of 1960 include Jim Hunt, Elbert Dubinion, Clem Daniels, Abner Haynes, Art Powell, Gene Mingo, Lionel Taylor, Ernie Wright, and Paul Lowe.
Charles Follis, with the Shelby Athletic Club in 1902. When Follis retired from professional football in 1906, he was replaced that same year by Charles "Doc" Baker, the second African-American pro-football player. Baker played two years as a running back with the Akron Indians.
Larry Tearry was the first starting black center in the history of the National Football League. Tearry, who played college football at Wake Forest University, was drafted in the fourth round by The Detroit Lions in 1978. He became the starting center after the fourth game of his rookie season and held the position until he left the Lions after the twelfth game of his sophomore season.
Who was the second black player to play in the modern major leagues and the first to do so in the American League?
Paul Robeson (1919)
That is an actual football player named Victor Cruz. Victor Michael Cruz is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in the 2010 offseason.
Lucy Harris was the first black woman All-American basketball player in 1997
Steven Black - American football - was born on 1986-12-11.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player who became the first black player in the major league of baseball
1969: Leonard George and Willie B. Jackson became the first black football players signed.
Nat Northington, who attended the University of Kentucky, was the first African American to play in a football game for an SEC school. The year was 1967 and the game was against the University of Mississippi.