Wally Triplett

Apr 18, 1926 – Nov 8, 2018 (Age 92)


Wally Triplett was the first black player to be drafted by an NFL team to play in an NFL game. He was drafted out of Penn State by the Detroit Lions in 1949. There were 3 black players drafted that year but Triplett was the first to play in a regular season game. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.

To the Triplett Family. I was made ware of Mr, Triplett's passing by the NFL's 2018 review of who has past away during the 2018 year from the NFL family. My condolences to your family. My prayer's, thoughts,wishes to your family. As your family reflects upon the memories of his journey, I to went back in time when I read he was on the '49 roster of the Detroit Lions. My father and Mr. Triplett crossed paths that season. Twice. Walked, played, sweated on the same turf under the common goal to...

Thank you to everyone who shared their condolences and words of comfort. Our family is truly grateful to you, and continue to hold tight to the legacy and love of our dear father and grandfather Wally Triplett.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers. May Gods provide comfort and strength during this most challenging time. I am truly sorry for your loss of Wally. Please rest assured that Almighty God is truly aware of your loss and grief, and is longing to alleviate your grief and sadness by fulfilling his promise to eliminate the root cause of sickness and death forever. ~ With Love ~ Isaiah 63:9

My condolences to the family. RIP