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QUEst for Blackness – December 2013 (Answers)

Please submit your answers to the Chair ( by the end of the month.  Make sure you give your full name and your chapter.

QUEst #1: I became the first black head coach in modern National Football League history.

 I’m big, bad, and BLACK! Who am I?

ANS: Art Shell (Source:

QUEst #2:  I was known as the BLACK Cyclone. Although I had exceptional football talent and was the first black professional football player, my baseball skills were even more startling. I was the first black catcher to move from college baseball into black professional baseball. I could not enter the major leagues because of the color of my skin.

Have you made your skin color a curse or credit to BLACK people? Who am I?

QUEst #3:  I was the first black professional football player to win the Heisman Trophy. I was young, gifted, and black, but my career was cut short.

Make every day of your life count, you never know when it’ll be your last. Who am I?

QUEst #4:  I was an all-sports standout in high school, and for quite a while it was unclear whether my primary game would be football, baseball, or basketball. I won an athletic scholarship to college.

I was the “first black everything” with the NFL team I signed with — “player, scout, talent scout, assistant coach, and first full-time black assistant in the whole league.” I was more than a pioneer, however. Playing my position, I was one of the greatest in the history of the game, setting records that lasted for decades after my retirement. I was the first black player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And on top of all this I was an individual with strong leadership skills that helped smooth the way for the integration of a pro game that was almost all-white when I first took the field.

 Do you QUES have enough balls to be BLACK? Prove it! Who am I?



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