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HOME ABOUT CONTACT EDITOR Current BQB's OVERALL LIST PHOTOS Links BIGPLAY RADIO would like to congratulate the family of Willie Thrower, the first African American Quarterback in the NFL.  Thrower will honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue of his likeness on September 28, 2006 @ 7 PM at Valley High School in New Kensington, Pa.

September 2006 Editor Lloyd Vance will be in New Kensington, Pa (Outside of Pittsburgh) to take part in the ceremonies to honor Willie Thrower.  Lloyd will be presenting the family with acknowledgements/gifts from Mitchell & Ness, Governor Ed Rendell,, and The Field Generals Organization.  

Willie Thrower cemented his place in NFL history on October 18, 1953 when he entered the game at the quarterback position for the Chicago Bears against the San Francisco 49ers. Though the Bears lost 35-27 in a close game, Willie “The Jackie Robinson of the NFL” showed leadership, courage, and persistence in pursuit of his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. Recently Warren Moon, a 2006 Hall of Fame inductee, credited Willie Thrower as one of the trailblazers whose path he followed. Mr. Thrower started a legacy that continues today with over 20 African American Quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL.

Willie Thrower passed away in 2002 without getting much of the recognition that he deserved for fighting for racial equality in professional sports. The Thrower Family formed the “Willie Thrower All-Pro Memorial Committee” in 2003 to raise awareness of Willie’s accomplishments and to continue his work of helping others in the community. The Committee and New Kensington community have raised funds for the statue, scholarships for local high school students, and assistance for senior citizens in Western Pennsylvania.
--- Submitted by Lloyd Vance




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