Hidden History: The Syracuse 8

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - They're known as living legends who sacrificed almost everything for the sake of equality.

The Syracuse 8--football players at Syracuse University in 1970-- protested inequality and racism at the university by walking off the field during practice and sitting out the season.

Many of them were first-generation college students, and they were putting their scholarships and NFL prospects in jeopardy.

They wanted access to the same academic tutoring made available to their white teammates, better medical care for all of the team members, and access to equal education. 

NewsChannel 9's Jennifer Sanders talked with some of the members of the group now known as "The Syracuse 8."
Click the player to hear their full story. 
 


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