John Nisby

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John Nisby
Date of birth: (1936-09-09)September 9, 1936
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Date of death: February 6, 2011(2011-02-06) (aged 74)
Place of death: Stockton, California
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: San Joaquin Delta College, Pacific, University of Oregon
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 6 / Pick: 70
(By the Green Bay Packers)
Organizations
As player:
1957–1961
1962–1964
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 3
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

John Edward Nisby (September 9, 1936 – February 6, 2011) was an American football guard in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, and was one of the first African American players to play for the Washington Redskins.

Early life[edit]

Nisby was born in San Francisco, California and attended Edison High School in Stockton, California.[1] He played college football at San Joaquin Delta College and at the University of the Pacific. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Oregon.[2]

Family Life[edit]

Jon Edward Nisby[3] Son birthdate June 14th, 1957 birth_place Stockton, California

Professional career[edit]

Nisby was drafted in the sixth round (70th pick overall) of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.[4] He played for eight seasons in the NFL, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1959 and 1961.[5] While playing for the Steelers, Nisby worked with the Pittsburgh Courier to work for equal employment policies in companies that did business with the Steelers.[6][7]

In 1962, Nisby became one of the first African American players (along with Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Jackson) to play for the Washington Redskins, the last team in the NFL to integrate.[8] That year, Nisby and Mitchell became the first black Washington Redskins players to be named to the Pro Bowl.[9]

Life after the NFL[edit]

When the Redskins released Nisby in 1964, he retired from football and became Director of the "College Readiness Program" at San Joaquin Delta College.[10] He was also a City Councilman in Stockton, California.[11] In 1987, Nisby was made a member of the Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame.[12]

Nisby passed away on February 6, 2011 in Stockton.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Nisby". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "In Memory of John E. Nisby". Frisbie Warren & Carroll Mortuary. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "In Memory of John E. Nisby". Frisbie Warren & Carroll Mortuary. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Nisby". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Brink, Bill (February 13, 2011). "Obituary: John Nisby / Pro Bowl guard, former Steeler". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Brink, Bill (February 13, 2011). "Obituary: John Nisby / Pro Bowl guard, former Steeler". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "John E. Nisby Obituary". Recordnet.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Civil Rights on the Gridiron". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  9. ^ "NFL Pioneer John Nisby Was A Hero To All". bleacher report. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "In Memory of John E. Nisby". Frisbie Warren & Carroll Mortuary. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "John Nisby, Pro Bowl guard for Steelers in '60s, dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The African American Athletes Hall of Fame of Stockton "SERVANTS" African American Athletes Hall of Fame of StocktonWarren & Carroll Mortuary". Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ohn Nisby". OldestLivingProFootball.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 

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