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Emlen Lewis Tunnell
Birth: Mar. 29, 1925
Bryn Mawr
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 22, 1975
Westchester County
New York, USA

Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For 14 years, he played defensive back for the New York Giants (1948 to 1958) and the Green Bay Packers (1959 to 1961) and was the first African-American to play for the New York Giants, as well as the first African-American to be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. After completing high school, he attended the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, where he played football and suffered a severe neck injury. Unable to enlist in the US Army of US Navy during World War II, he was finally accepted by the US Coast Guard and served for two years. After his military discharge, he attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa, and played quarterback, halfback and on defense during his two years there and led the team in passing in the 1946 season and receiving during the 1947 season. He quit the team before the 1948 season to join the New York Giants professional football team as a walk-on. During his professional football career, he led the National Football League (NFL) in punt return yards in 1951 and 1952 seasons. He played a then NFL record of 143 consecutive games, was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and an eight-time All-Pro selection. He was a member of the 1956 and 1961 NFL champion teams (New York Giants and Green Bay Packers respectively). He ended his career with a record 79 interceptions (since surpassed by Paul Krause), which he returned for 1,282 yards and 4 touchdowns, and 16 fumble recoveries, along with another 3,506 return yards and 6 touchdowns on special teams. After his retirement, he then became a scout (1963 to 1965) and assistant coach (1965 until his death) with the New York Giants and was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He died from a heart attack during a practice session at the age of 50. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Gulph Christian Cemetery
West Conshohocken
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Mar 29, 2010
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Thank you for your contributions to Professional Football. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: May. 30, 2014
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