Knight paints a portrait of a young man who overcame the obstacles of racism, the military draft, and the death of his father. His vehicle for climbing over obstacles was athletic prowess and inner strength."
Jim Baumgartner, College Football Hall of Fame (reviewing a previous edition)
"An absolutely terrific biography of a man so few have heard of, and author Dawn Knight does a fantastic job of telling us his story. George Taliaferro was an American Hero, a guy who had the courage and determination to overcome the odds to become the first African-American drafted by an NFL Team! But his story is so much more than just a football story, and Knight captures the subject matter in great detail. Most surprising, though, is how the story of George Taliaferro and his fight for equal rights, on the field and off, occurred so long ago. For many, it's a fight that still rages on today, and while Knight and Taliaferro talk about what happened in the past, you'll be scratching your head as you think about the society we live in and how many of these same issues are still relevant. Beautifully written, Race and Football in America, is a must read for any sports fan—one of the best and most in-depth sports biographies I have read."
Warren Rogan, host of the podcast Sports' Forgotten Heroes
"Race and Football in America is a must read for anyone interested in race and sport. America knows the heroic story of Jackie Robinson but few know George Taliaferro. Knight helps us capture his real legacy."
Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and president of The Institute for Sport and Social Justice
George Taliaferro never accepted the status quo, which is what made him such an influential force in the world of sports and in improving race relations throughout his life. Dawn Knight does a wonderful job of sharing the stories about the battles George waged—both solicited and unsolicited—on the field and off of it."
Tom Allen, Indiana University Football Coach