Wally Triplett

Death of Wally Triplett

April 18, 1926 - November 8, 2018
| Age 92

First black player drafted in the NFL to play a regular season game…


Wally Triplett was the first black player to be drafted by an NFL team to play in an NFL game. He was drafted out of Penn State by the Detroit Lions in 1949. There were 3 black players drafted that year but Triplett was the first to play in a regular season game. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.