Black sports history fact #19

You know Sage Steele from the television show, NBA Countdown? Well her father is a black history fact. Col. Gary Steele is his name. Retired Col. Steele wasn’t only known for his valiant efforts during his 23 years of service, but he broke the color barrier in 1966 during his time at the United States Military Academy at West Point when he became the first African-American to play varsity football.

Assuming the position of a tight end, Col. Steele showcased his electrifying moves every game day, and was later inducted into the Army Sports Hall Of Fame in 2013. During his time on the field, Col. Steele mentioned that he garnered lifetime fundamentals that helped shaped his family values and solidified his place in Army football history.




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