Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell

About Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Lewis Tunnell (March 29, 1925 - July 22, 1975) was an American football player. He was the first African American to play for the New York Giants, and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He played in the National Football League for the Giants and Green Bay Packers. Tunnell played college football at the University of Iowa. In 1999, Tunnell was ranked number 70 on The Sporting News' list of 100 Greatest Football Players. Tunnell died of a heart attack on July 22, 1975. Tunnell joined the University of Iowa football team in 1946 after two years in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He started as a quarterback, halfback and on defense during his two years as a Hawkeye. He led the team in passing in the 1946 season and receiving during the 1947 season. He quit the team before the 1948 season in order to join the New York Giants. Tunnell played 14 years in the National Football League.

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