Walter Payton (1954 - 1999) Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For thirteen seasons (1975 to 1987), he played at the running back position in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears. Nicknamed "Sweetness", he was one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.
Lowell Perry in 1957 became the first African-American coach in modern NFL history when he coached receivers for the PITTSBURGH STEELERS! Later in 1966 he became the first African-American to broadcast an NFL game to a national audience.