Donna Taliafero, the daughter of George Taliafero, the first black man drafted by the NFL, was a guest on ‘In And Out Of Sports’, hosted by legendary D.C. talk show host Butch McAdams.
Taliaferro was a star halfback at Indiana University and led them to the 1945 Big 10 championship. Also, while at IU he played a prominent roll in desegregating the campus, making him one of the first athlete-activists for justice and equality.
In what was a stunning move, Taliferro was drafted by George Halas’ Chicago Bears in 1949. However, instead of signing with the Bears, he signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All American football League.
Taliferro returned to the NFL in 1950 and played with Net York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Taliferro was a three time Pro Bowl selection, and after retiring from the NFL went to work as college professor and dean.
‘In And Out Of Sports’ is sponsored by Horton Funeral Service, Takoma Station, and Elite Dental. Click to listen to the interview.