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‘Forgotten Four’ of Marion Motley, Woody Strode, Kenny Washington, Bill Willis selected for Ralph Hay Pioneer Award

“A year prior to Jackie Robinson’s historic 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, a quartet of Black football players broke down the race barrier in professional football that had been erected since the early 1930s.

Known as the “Forgotten Four,” Marion Motley, Woody Strode, Kenny Washington and Bill Willis reintegrated pro football in 1946, and have now been selected to share the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Ralph Hay Pioneer Award during enshrinement week.”

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