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A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks

Published by on May 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

J.R. was an exciting young quarterback who played for Michigan State from 1965-67. In 1965, his team was undefeated at 10-0 and won the Big 10 title, only to lose in the Rose Bowl to UCLA in a surprising upset.  Undaunted, J.R. came back the next season and led his team to another undefeated seasonal record and faced equally undefeated Notre Dame in the final game of the season.  That game ended in a 10-10 tie, with both teams being considered co-National champions.

This was a great accomplishment for a young quarterback, especially given the fact that he was black.  It was a very rare sight to see a black quarterback in those days.  In fact, once drafted by the NFL, they were inevitably switched to the "ski...

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