Redskins’ forgotten racial pioneer lives with mystery of his short-lived career



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WASHINGTON – The other first black Washington Redskin has spent the last 50 years hiding in the open. For three decades, Leroy Jackson opened doors on the city bus he drove, nodding hello to thousands of football fans who never knew about that September day in 1962 when he chased a kickoff in Dallas and helped break the NFL’s last color barrier. They see him at the store, on the street, in the park, an old man smiling hello, oblivious to his place in history.

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