Emlen Tunnell

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Birthday
29, 1925
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 22, 1975 (50)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
29, 1925
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 22, 1975 (50)

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Safety for the New York Giants who was the first African American to play for the team and the first African American inductee into the Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

He broke his neck playing football at the University of Toledo, which got him rejected from the Army and Navy, so he served in the Coast Guard.

Trivia

He was a key part of the Giants' vaunted Umbrella Defense, handling the team's offense on defense with key interceptions.

Family Life

He grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsyvlania.

Associated With

For more than 50 years after his retirement, his record of 79 career interceptions was surpassed only by the 81 of Paul Krause.

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