Triplett was the primary African-American starter for the Nittany Lions and was certainly one of two black gamers to play within the 1948 Cotton Bowl in opposition to SMU.
The Penn State Soccer household is extraordinarily saddened to listen to concerning the passing of Nittany Lion nice & trailblazer, Wally Triplett. Wally will endlessly be admired for the historical past he made at Penn State & past.
Forevermore, We Are…
— Penn State Soccer (@PennStateFball) November 8, 2018
Triplett was certainly one of three black gamers chosen within the 1949 NFL Draft after Detroit picked him within the 19th spherical. He’d go on to spend 4 seasons within the professionals: Two with the Lions and two with the Chicago Cardinals. He appeared in 24 video games, speeding 70 occasions for 321 yards and one landing. He additionally caught 17 passes for 175 yards in his profession.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 8, 2018
“Wally is among the true trailblazers in American sports activities historical past,” the Lions stated in a press release. “He resides among the many nice males who helped reshape the sport as they confronted the challenges of segregation and discrimination.”
On Oct. 9, 1950, in a recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams, Triplett set an NFL document with 297 yards on 4 kick returns, together with a 97-yard landing. Whereas the document was damaged in 1994, his document of 73.5 yards per return throughout that recreation sill stands to this present day.