The Greatest Series: Football Player No. 2

The No. 2 player in's The Greatest Series for top IU football players of all time is the only Indiana player in history to be named All-America three times. He was also the first African American player to be drafted in the NFL.

Each day, has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.

The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. In this countdown, we look at the top 10 IU football players of all-time. Antwaan Randle El was No. 3 yesterday and here is No. 2



Only one player in Indiana University football history has ever been named to All-America teams after three different seasons.

That would be George Taliaferro.

Taliaferro was a second team All-America selection in 1945 and 1947 and a first team selection in 1948.

He helped lead IU to its first Big Ten championship in 1945.

He may be best known, though, as the first African-American to be drafted by a National Football League team.

Taliaferro played in the NFL from 1948-55 from the Los Angeles Dons, the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.

Taliaferro played halfback, quarterback and punter. He was selected in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. But he chose to play instead with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference.

He made the Pro Bowl three times in 1951, 1952 and 1953.

He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

He still resides in Bloomington, Ind.

Stay tuned for the No. 1 player tomorrow in’s The Greatest Series in IU history.

No. 10 James Hardy

No. 9 Pete Pihos

No. 8 John Tavener

No. 7 Tim Clifford

No. 6 Corby Davis

No. 5 Joe Norman

No. 4 Vaughn Dunbar

No. 3 Antwaan Randle El

No. 2 George Taliaferro

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