Duke Slater: Pioneering Black NFL Player and Judge by Neal Rozendaal,Sherman Howard

By Neal Rozendaal,Sherman Howard

Fred “Duke” Slater used to be the best African American soccer participant of the 1st 1/2 the twentieth century. Born into poverty, he built right into a two-time All-American take on on the collage of Iowa from 1918 to 1921. whilst the varsity soccer corridor of reputation opened a long time later, Duke used to be the one African American elected within the inaugural type. He then grew to become the 1st black lineman in nationwide soccer League historical past in 1922, embarking on a amazing ten-year profession within the NFL.
tremendously, Slater was once the single African American within the complete NFL for many of the past due Nineteen Twenties, but he was once well known as one of many League’s most sensible linemen. yet his pioneering impact prolonged past the gridiron. After retirement, he broke floor within the felony box as simply the second one black pass judgement on in Chicago historical past. at the box or at the bench, the inspirational lifetime of pass judgement on Duke Slater is a real American good fortune story.

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