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Someone Knocked On The NFL Door; Others Answered The Door

Published by on June 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Someone has to knock on the door of opportunity in the NFL and someone has to open it.

Daniel F. Reese opened a door of opportunity for Kenny Washington. Washington became the first African American to play pro football during the post World War II era.

The NFL door of opportunity had been opened once before, during a time before the Great Depression. The pressures and instability of the Depression drove some men backward to self-serving and prejudicial behaviors. 

Therefore, the NFL had to be re-integrated after an era of intolerance between 1934 and 1946. 

Dan Reese was a great man with a great vision. Washington, born in 1918, had the following experiences according to one so...

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