Summary: Fred �Duke� Slater was the greatest African-American football player of the first half of the 20th century. Born into poverty, he developed into a two-time All-American tackle at the University of Iowa from 1918 to 1921. When the College Football Hall of Fame opened decades later, Duke was the only African-American elected in the inaugural class. He then became the first black lineman in National Football League history in 1922, embarking on a remarkable ten-year career in the NFL. Slater was the only African-American in the entire NFL for most of the late 1920s, yet he was widely recognized as one of the League�s best linemen. After retirement, he broke ground in the legal field as just the second black judge in Chicago history.
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