Sid Blanks

Sid Blanks (born April 29, 1940) is a retired American professional football player and the first-ever African American football player to play in the Lone Star Conference. [2]

Sid Blanks
No. 42, 33
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1940-04-29) April 29, 1940 (age 80)
Del Rio, Texas, United States
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:San Felipe High School
College:Texas A&I
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 42
(by the Chicago Bears)[1]
AFL draft:1964 / Round: 5 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,073
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

College careerEdit

A halfback, Blanks played college football at Texas A&I University. Blanks was an All-American member of the Texas A&I Javelinas from 1960-1963. He was inducted into the Texas A&I Hall of Fame in 1981. In 2002 he was inducted into the Lone Star Conference Hall of Fame.

Recruited by College Football Hall of Fame coach Gil Steinke in 1960, Blanks was the first African American to play in the Lone Star Conference. He was also the first African American to receive a football scholarship at an integrated school in the state of Texas.

Professional careerEdit

He played professionally in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers from 1964 through 1968. He also played for the Boston Patriots of the AFL in 1969, and the Patriots of the NFL in 1970.

Blanks was an AFL All-Star in 1964.

Personal and later lifeEdit

To honor a “hero, legend and trailblazer,” the city of Del Rio named a park after Blanks near San Felipe Creek in 2015.

Blanks' son, Lance, is an analyst for ESPN, former NBA Executive and retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft.[3]

His granddaughter, Riley Blanks was a “four-star recruit” for the University of Virginia tennis team and is the Founder of Woke Beauty.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1964 Chicago Bears". Archived from the original on April 9, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2020.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "Out There: Park Honors Football Star". Retrieved November 25, 2019. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Cavaliers: Front Office Archived 2012-09-22 at the Wayback Machine