6. Hayzel Daniels, RB, 1927

Running back Hayzel Daniels not only was one of the best football players in Tucson High history, but he also broke through color barriers on both the gridiron and in life. As a junior in 1925, Daniels rushed for 1,632 yards to become the first black All-State player. He didn't stop there and made the All-State team the next season as well. Daniels was also a two-time Southwest Sports News Service Player of the Year. Daniels ended his career with a 301-yard, five-touchdown game (38 rushes) in a win over Nogales, giving the Badger great 26 touchdowns in his career. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound back never played college football. He was denied a spot at the UA because Texas schools wouldn't play against black players. Later on in life, Daniel accomplished several other monumental feats. He was the first black person to pass the Arizona State Bar and then went on to be the state's first black judge after he was appointed as one of the ten city magistrates in 1965.

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm  • 
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