Black Diamonds

"Barrier Breakers": with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Episode Summary

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes joins Bob Kendrick (41:32) to talk about what he owes to the pioneers of the Negro Leagues, the challenges he's faced as a Black quarterback, his advocacy for social justice, and how he can keep the legacy of football's first Black stars alive. Plus, Bob discusses the "Barrier Breakers" of the 20th century - from baseball's first Black players both pre- and post-Jackie Robinson (0:37), to Fritz Pollard, Kenny Washington, and the breaking of the color barrier in pro football (24:14), and "The Jackie Robinson of Hockey", the great Willie O'Ree (30:42).

Episode Notes

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Interviews with Fritz Pollard appear courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame