Every once in awhile I am reminded how cool people are and last Sunday at the Lions, Vikings game I had a opportunity to meet former Detroit Lions halfback Wally Triplett; a very cool guy. Mr. Triplett actually came up to me and struck up a conversation, showing me some photos of himself as a Detroit Lions player in 1950. As I looked at the team picture, which included all the players, staff, administration, everyone, I asked Mr. Triplett which one was he? Mr. Triplett’s face lit up in a devilish grin and said, “This was 1950 son, I was the black player.” Besides being the first African American to be drafted and play for a NFL team, Mr. Triplett still holds the Lions’ single-game record in kickoff return yardage with 294 (second-highest total in NFL history) and is enshrined in Pro Footballs Hall of Fame in Canton. Who would of thought on a day when I don’t believe either a Lion or Viking player earned themselves a spot in Canton, I got to meet a living legend…very cool!
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