Edmonds was the first African-American to earn a monogram at Notre Dame
Wayne Edmonds waited for the backlash, for the inevitable reminders of racism to kick in.Maybe all those people back home were right. Maybe Notre Dame was no place for a black man. There had been no incidents before this day, but Edmonds sensed what was coming when Fighting Irish coach Frank Leahy approached him during a practice in 1953. "I want you to run with the backs," Leahy told Edmonds. Offensive line coach Bob McBride chimed in: "I want you to be first, too."
Adam Rittenberg covers college football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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