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Kenny Washington and the Pro Football Hall of Fame

In my review of the “Forgotten Four” documentary, one of the few things I credited the documentary for was that it, surprisingly, didn’t dwell on Kenny Washington’s weak credentials for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Folks who follow this site know how hard I’ve been campaigning to get Duke Slater (an early African-American pioneer who absolutely had a Hall of Fame career and who has been shockingly and disgracefully overlooked) into the Hall of Fame. So I think some people might expect that I’d be a big supporter of Kenny Washington for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as…

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The Myth of the NFL’s Color Ban: Part One

The myth of the causes of the NFL’s 1934 color ban has been recited over and over so many times that I feel it needs proper refuting. To be clear, despite the catchy, controversial title to this post, I’m not disputing that the color ban in the NFL from 1934-1945 actually existed…I mean, clearly it did. The myth of the NFL’s color ban has to do with why it existed and, more specifically, how it came into being. A Depressing Ban “Forgotten Four” (a recent documentary that I blasted for its shallow, slanted portrayal of the history of African-Americans in…

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The EPIX network recently released a documentary entitled “Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.” This documentary detailed how Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Bill Willis, and Marion Motley re-integrated pro football in 1946 after a 12-year NFL ban on African-American players. The documentary is, as I expected, a colossal disappointment on so many levels. I guess that means I’m in overall agreement with Variety, which called the documentary “unexpectedly forgettable” and described it as follows: “It’s such a stiff, by-the-numbers approach that ‘Forgotten Four’ provides little insight, feeling like the Hallmark Cards version of an HBO or ESPN ‘30 for…

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