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Charlie Powell, among first black NFL players, dead at 82

Charlie Powell, among first black NFL players, dead at 82

TWO SPORT STAR: Billy Walker, the golden boy of British boxing, right, shakes hands with American opponent, Charlie Powell, during the weigh in at Bloom’s Gymnasium in Soho, London, on Jan. 26, 1965, for tonight’s scheduled ten round non-title fight at Olympia, London. Photo: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL player and professional boxer Charlie Powell has died at age 82.

Powell was just 19 when he became one of the NFL’s first black players.

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He spent five seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and two with the AFL’s Oakland Raiders from 1952 through 1961.

He later climbed to fourth in the world heavyweight ranking with bouts against Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson.

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