Eddie Macon
Date of birth: (1927-03-07) March 7, 1927 (age 93)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Career information
Status: Retired
Position(s): HB/KR/DB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
College: Pacific
High school: Edison High School
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20
Drafted by: Chicago Bears
 As player:
Chicago Bears
Calgary Stampeders
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Oakland Raiders
Playing stats at NFL.com

Edwin Donald Macon[1] (born March 7, 1927) is a former professional American football halfback.

Early life[edit | edit source]

He was a track star at Edison High School, and was drafted into the United States Army during World War II in 1945, and was stationed for seven months at Yokohama, Japan after the war's conclusion. Upon returning to the United States, Macon joined the San Joaquin Delta College track team, before transferring to Pacific. Macon was convinced by Pacific coach Larry Siemering to join the school's football team, becoming the first black Tigers player. In three seasons with the Tigers, Macon scored 34 touchdowns, and went 24-8-1.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Macon was drafted in the second round (twentieth selection) of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, and went on to be the first African-American player on the team; he spent two years as a halfback and return specialist.[3] He was the second African-American to be drafted by the Bears; the first, George Taliaferro, was drafted by them in 1949, but chose to play in the All-American Football Conference.[3] With the Bears, Macon rushed for 324 yards and two touchdowns on 70 attempts while catching 14 passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns. On 22 kick returns, he averaged 30.5 yards per return and 5.9 yards on 24 punt returns.[3] He left the Bears in 1954 to play for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[4] Bears coach and owner George Halas was not pleased about his departure, blackballing Macon and suing him for $100,000. As a result, the Bears refused to acknowledge Macon being on the team.[5] After being out of football for two years, which he spent as a longshoreman, Macon joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1957 before leaving in 1959 to resume his longshoreman career, but later joined the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League in 1960. With the Raiders, Macon was converted to defensive back, and was tied for second in the league with nine interceptions, which earned him All-Pro honors.[2]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Macon and his wife Jessie had five children, one of whom died in 2005. Upon retiring, Macon worked for 40 years as a longshoreman, and stated that he suffered from arthritis.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

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