Former AFL Legend Abner Haynes talks with Lenny Moon about his 1956 North Texas State Experience

Former American Football League star running back Abner Haynes talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about his pioneering experience at his alma mater North Texas State University back in 1956. He and teammate Leon King became the first two Black student-athletes at a White college in the state of Texas. Haynes discusses the pressures of being a Black athlete in a White environment where institutional barriers were rigidly in place to create two standards. Abner would go on to a record breaking career while at the Missouri Valley Conference entity, and later became the first break-out star of the fledgling AFL in 1960. That season, he became the first MVP of that league while simultaneously garnering the Rookie of the Year Award.

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