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|Born:||April 29, 1940|
Del Rio, Texas, United States
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||San Felipe High School|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 42|
(by the Chicago Bears)
|AFL draft:||1964 / Round: 5 / Pick: 3|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
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.
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.
His granddaughter, Riley Blanks was a “four-star recruit” for the University of Virginia tennis team and is the Founder of Woke Beauty.
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- Cavaliers: Front Office Archived 2012-09-22 at the Wayback Machine