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Former Kansas University football player Homer Floyd, right, and oldest son J.C. pose during Homer’s standout KU career. Floyd, who was a co-captain and led KU in rushing and tackles several times from 1956 to 1958, dedicated his post-KU career to promoting civil rights.

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Former KU football captain Homer Floyd spends career pushing for social equality

The personal rejections — “You can’t eat here.” “You and your wife can’t live here.” — based on nothing but the color of his skin happened more than 50 years ago, but those sorts of wounds never age, never fully heal. It’s how Homer Floyd, the best football player at Kansas University when Wilt Chamberlain was the best basketball player, used those emotional wounds to make the world a better place and turned him into an iconic civil rights figure. By Tom Keegan


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