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November 25, 1950

Receiver Bob Mann becomes the first African-American to play for the Packers since the reintegration of the NFL following World War II.

The year before, playing for the Lions, Mann led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,014 but was asked to take a pay cut. When he refused, he was traded and then cut by the team that acquired him.

He wound up playing 38 games for the Packers from 1950-54, catching 109 passes for 1,629 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1988.
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Photo credit: Manitowoc County Historical Society