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Hank Stram didn't see black or white

In era of racial strife, Hall of Fame coach leveled field for African-American players

Originally Published: May 27, 2013
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Hank Stram was responsible for many innovations throughout his 17-year career as an NFL head coach, including moving pockets, the two-tight-end formation and a defensive scheme that stacked linebackers directly behind linemen. He also deserves ample credit for the role he played in black players finding more opportunities in pro football. Astute historians understand that the American Football League forged the idea of pursuing talent from small black colleges. Along with iconic figures such as ...

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