News

Charlie Powell, among first black NFL players, dead at 82

Charlie Powell, among first black NFL players, dead at 82

TWO SPORT STAR: Billy Walker, the golden boy of British boxing, right, shakes hands with American opponent, Charlie Powell, during the weigh in at Bloom’s Gymnasium in Soho, London, on Jan. 26, 1965, for tonight’s scheduled ten round non-title fight at Olympia, London. Photo: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL player and professional boxer Charlie Powell has died at age 82.

Powell was just 19 when he became one of the NFL’s first black players.

PHOTOS: 2014 Notable Deaths

He spent five seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and two with the AFL’s Oakland Raiders from 1952 through 1961.

He later climbed to fourth in the world heavyweight ranking with bouts against Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson.

Latest Stories

26 mins ago in Entertainment

Bill Murray tosses fans’ phones off rooftop

Fresh
billmurray

The "Ghostbusters" star was unwinding at rooftop restaurant in California on Thursday when he spotted two starstruck fans trying to snap his photo.

46 mins ago in National

Making headlines this week

Fresh
A couple is seen through an American flag as they walk to a polling place for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A look back at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

1 hour ago in Entertainment

OPENING WEEKEND: ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Zoolander 2’ to battle at the box office

Fresh
15-overlay-6

Here's a look at some of the films set to open this weekend.