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Monday, 31 March 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " EMLEN LEWIS TUNNELL " WAS AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER, HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO PLAY FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS AND THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO BE INDUCTED TO THE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1967 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Emlen Lewis Tunnell (March 29, 1925 – July 22, 1975) was an American football player. He was the first African American to play for theNew York Giants, and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1967, the first African-American to be inducted. He played in the National Football League for the Giants and Green Bay Packers. Tunnell played college football at the University of Iowa.
In 1999, Tunnell was ranked number 70 on The Sporting News' list of 100 Greatest Football Players.
Tunnell died of a heart attack on July 22, 1975.
Tunnell first played for the University of Toledo where he suffered a broken neck injury that was so severe the US Army and US Navy both rejected his attempts to enlist during World War 2. He eventually was accepted by the US Coast Guard and spent two years of service there before returning to play for the University of Iowa football team. He started as a quarterback, halfback and on defense during his two years as a Hawkeye. He led the team in passing in the 1946 season and receiving during the 1947 season. He quit the team before the 1948 season in order to join the New York Giants.
Tunnell was undrafted after college, and began his pro career by hitchhiking across the country from Iowa to New York City to meet Jack Mara, son of Giants founder Tim Mara, and ask to try out for the team. In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Tunnell thanked the West Indian banana-truck driver who dropped him off near this Polo Grounds "appointment".
Tunnell played 14 years in the National Football League. He played his first 11 years with the New York Giants and the last three years with the Green Bay Packers. Tunnell was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He ended his career with a record 79 interceptions (since surpassed byPaul Krause), which he returned for 1,282 yards and 4 touchdowns, and 16 fumble recoveries, along with another 3,506 return yards and 6 touchdowns on special teams. He led the NFL in punt return yards twice, in 1951 and 1952.