By RJ YoungFOX Sports College Football Writer
Editor’s Note: As part of FOX Sports’ Black History Month story series, writer RJ Young examines the players, teams, and moments that changed college and professional football.
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“Although we are accepted in most phases of professional football, there are still positions that are closed to us.”
In 1965, Coach Billy Nicks led Prairie View A&M to a second consecutive Black College National Championship, the title awarded to the top team among historically black colleges and universities.
The Pittsburgh Courier – the HBCU’s football authority at the time – named Nicks the newspaper’s Coach of the Year.
With the national media and coaches such as Pittsburgh Steelers’ Buddy Parker in attendance for his acceptance speech, Nicks used the mic to send a message he needed everyone to hear.
Standing on the podium, Nicks motioned…
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