Bobby Grier's Sugar Bowl Anniversary

Today's NY Times runs a tremendous story about Pitt footballer Bobby Grier, who was the first African-American player to compete in the Sugar Bowl, back in 1956.

"A black football player had never played in the Sugar Bowl, which is held annually in New Orleans. . . . Pittsburgh officials agreed to participate only if Grier, a fullback and linebacker, could play and if the sections of Pitt fans were not segregated."

The Post-Gazette's coverage was back in October, running alongside Pitt's celebration of that team.


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