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Teammates work to restore Patterson's place in history

Updated: February 15, 2008, 7:51 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

For more than two decades, Florida State's history books suggested J.T. Thomas was the first African-American to play football for the Seminoles.

Thomas, an All-America cornerback who later won four Super Bowl rings as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' vaunted "Steel Curtain" defense, was indeed the first African-American to play in a football game at Florida State. In the 1970 opener against Louisville, Thomas blocked what would have been a winning field goal by the Cardinals in the ...

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