Northington integrates SEC

northingtonON THIS DAY in 1967, nineteen-year-old Nat Northington of the University of Kentucky became the first African-American to play football in the Southeastern Conference when the Wildcats took on Ole Miss. This was a far from happy occasion for Northington, however — a day earlier his teammate and best friend, Greg Page, died from a severe spinal injury suffered in a football practice five weeks earlier. Northington would soon leave the Kentucky campus in what Sports Illustrated called “a fog of distress and loneliness.”

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