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Nebraska football will wear helmet sticker honoring George Flippin, NU's first Black athlete
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Nebraska football will wear helmet sticker honoring George Flippin, NU's first Black athlete

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George Flippin

George Flippin became Nebraska's first Black athlete in 1891 and lettered in his final three seasons.

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Nebraska will wear a helmet sticker paying tribute to George Flippin for its game at Ohio State as part of the Big Ten’s “United As One” campaign, the conference announced Friday.

Flippin became NU’s first Black athlete in 1891. He lettered in his final three seasons (no letter winners were historically documented from the 1891 team). At the time, he was the fifth Black athlete nationally at a predominantly white university.

In addition to football and basketball, Flippin set NU records in track and field (shot put and hammer throw) and won championships as a wrestler.

He was voted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1974, 45 years after his death at age 61. In 2015, Flippin was inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame.

The “United As One” campaign, created to help recognize and eliminate racism and hate by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability, will debut on the Big Ten campuses this weekend. The Buckeyes will wear helmet stickers stating “Equality.”

“All things are possible in the Big Ten when we unite as one,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “I am humbled and deeply appreciative of how our 14 member institutions have communicated, collaborated and committed to develop a conference-wide campaign focused on creating equality and equity in our society.”

jlanderson@owh.com, 402-444-1108

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