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New Kensington in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Willie Thrower

(1930-2002)

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 24, 2013
1. Willie Thrower Marker
Inscription. First African American to play quarterback in the modern National Football League and in the Big Ten Conference. He played in two games for the Chicago Bears in 1953 and was a member of Michigan State’s national championship team in 1952. Thrower first played football here, for New Kensington High School’s WPIAL champion teams, 1946-48. He finished his career in Canada at age 27.
 
Erected 2003 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 33.935′ N, 79° 45.298′ W. Marker is in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Stevenson Boulevard (Pennsylvania Route 366) and Powers Drive (Pennsylvania Route 780), on the right when traveling south on Stevenson Boulevard. Touch for map. Located at entrance to Valley High School in New Kensington. Marker is in this post office area: New Kensington PA 15068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephanie Kwolek (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eddie Adams (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fannie Sellins (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rachel Carson (approx. 2.3
Willie Thrower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 24, 2013
2. Willie Thrower Marker
miles away); Carnegie Hero Fund Commission (approx. 2˝ miles away); Camp D. D. Gaillard (approx. 4.4 miles away); Burtner House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Oakmont Carnegie Library (approx. 5˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Willie Thrower. (Submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Willie Lee Thrower, Sr. at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. NFL's first black quarterback honored by high school. (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
4. Willie Thrower Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on September 4, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
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By UP Photo
3. Willie Thrower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 26, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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