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Emlen Tunnell
Defensive back
Jersey #(s)
Born March 29, 1925(1925-03-29)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Died July 22, 1975 (aged 50)
Pleasantville, New York
Career information
Year(s) 19481961
Undrafted in 1948
College Iowa
Professional teams

Playing career

Coaching/Executive career

  • New York Giants (1963-1965)
  • New York Giants (1965-1973)
    (Assistant head coach)
Career stats
INT 79
INT yards 1,282
Touchdowns 4
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Emlen Lewis Tunnell (March 29, 1925 – July 22, 1975) was a former American football player. He was the first African American to play for the New York Giants, and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He played in the National Football League for the Giants and Green Bay Packers. Tunnell played college football at the University of Iowa.

In 1999, Tunnell was ranked number 70 on The Sporting News' list of 100 Greatest Football Players.

Tunnell died of a heart attack on July 22, 1975.

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