First black player in ACC paved way for equality

Updated: December 13, 2008, 4:04 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Darryl Hill's love of football came with a price: abuse, hatred and death threats.

Such was the cost for breaking the racial barrier in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1963. It is only now -- the prejudice still clear in his mind -- that Hill realizes the importance of his sacrifices.

"People tell me some of the things I did may have been an element in equality for African-Americans," he said. "They say I created an equal playing field for college athletics."

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