The National Football League has been rocked by protests after a black player and his team were kicked off the team for protesting police brutality against black people in a video.
But with protests in the NFL coming to a head, it’s worth taking a look at some key points from the NFL’s history of racism and how it’s played out in the field.
The NFL was founded by a white supremacist in 1871 The NFL started playing football in 1873.
The league had its first black player, Jack Lambert, in 1878.
The team had no black players until the team became the New York Giants in 1896.
The Giants won the Super Bowl in 1897.
The teams first white player, Al Davis, was a quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
Davis was born in Detroit and went to high school in Detroit.
He was suspended for the 1904 season for throwing a punch to a black student at Detroit’s West Side High School.
The student was arrested and charged with assault and battery.
The next year, Davis, then 24, was suspended again for the 1905 season.
In 1906, the Giants won their first Super Bowl, a game that was played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
The game was played in front of an estimated 3,000 fans.
Davis later won a third Super Bowl with the Giants in 1920.
The World Series was played on a field in Chicago, with Davis playing in the dugout.
After the 1908 season, Davis was suspended three games for throwing his hands up during a game.
The first player suspended for racial discrimination in the National Football Association was Jack Lambert.
Lambert, who played quarterback for Detroit’s Browns, was drafted in the second round by the Detroit Lions.
He played five seasons for the Lions, making six starts and three starts at quarterback.
He went 9-19 with a 70.8 rating.
The Lions finished with a 9-69 record the next season.
After his second season in the league, Lambert was suspended four games for a hit to a referee.
He then returned to the Browns, who drafted him in the fifth round in 1920 and he went 4-10.
Lambert was arrested for assaulting a police officer in 1924.
The incident led to him being placed on probation and ordered to undergo psychological treatment.
Lambert did not get through the first two years of the program.
He had a career-high 15 interceptions in 1924, including four in a game against the Cleveland Browns, which he missed.
He also had three touchdowns and one interception in 1925.
Lambert made the Pro Bowl in 1926, but his season ended prematurely after he broke his ankle against the Chicago Cardinals.
In 1930, he was arrested again for assaulting the police officer and was placed on a 10-game suspension.
In 1931, Lambert returned to Detroit and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
He pled guilty and was sentenced to three years probation.
He returned to action in 1936.
He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1938 and finished with 13 interceptions and a passer rating of 106.9.
The 1937 NFL season ended with the league and the team announcing they would not play in the postseason because of a lack of black players.
Lambert signed with the New England Patriots in 1939 and started four games before being cut by the team in 1942.
In 1947, the NFL and Major League Baseball jointly announced that they would no longer play in interleague play.
The 1946 season began with the Cleveland Indians playing the New Orleans Browns in the World Series.
The Indians won the pennant in 1945 and went on to win three of their four World Series titles, including in 1948, when they were swept in the series by the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 49ers beat the Cardinals in the Superdome in Super Bowl XLIII, defeating the Cardinals and beating the Cardinals again in 1948.
In 1951, the Browns lost to the Washington Redskins in a four-game playoff series.
In 1962, the 49ers won the World Championship in San Jose, and in 1964, they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Super Bowl rematch.
In 1965, the Eagles defeated the Raiders in a two-game divisional playoff game.
In 1967, the Cardinals beat the Rams in a playoff game to win the Super Football title.
The Eagles won their second Super Bowl on February 5, 1968, beating the Rams by five points in the NFC Championship game.
Following the NFL ruling, the league agreed to adopt a policy of eliminating racial discrimination from its league activities.
But a few days after the ruling, former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle issued a statement that stated that “racially discriminatory practices were being implemented at every level of the game.”
The NFL had been accused of racial discrimination during its history, but Rozelle claimed that his organization was “not in a position to comment” on it because the NFL was not in compliance with the law.
Rozelle also claimed that the NFL had “failed to comply with the Fairness Doctrine” and had “created an environment where