Wayne Edmonds: first black player to win a monogram at Notre Dame
As a sophomore in 1953, Wayne Edmonds became the first black player to win a monogram at Notre Dame (other black players had made the team but Edmonds and Dick Washington were the first to appear in a game). Edmonds helped the Irish to an unbeaten mark in 1953 and won three monograms.
He was used to hostile treatment during games: slurs said across the line of scrimmage while referees pretended they didn’t hear them. He wouldn’t have been surprised if more of the same awaited him at Notre Dame. But it didn’t.
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