Walley Triplett

Walley Triplett

Walley Triplett

In 1948, the Cotton Bowl asked Penn State to leave its two black athletes at home. The Nittany Lions refused to play under these circumstances, the officials backed down, and, breaking the color line, Walley Triplett (number 12) and Dennie Hoggard (number 89) became the first African-American players to play in the Texas Cotton Bowl.

Image: Penn State Sports Archives
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