Digital illustration.

Howard Mwikuta, 1941-1988

While we’re still doing the Black History Month thing let me tell you about a good friend of mine. I met him when he was a player with the Dallas Tornado.

Every African born player in the NFL owes him their respect. The short career of Howard, who was born in Zambia, may have been otherwise unremarkable had it not been for his distinction of becoming the first native-born African to be signed and play in the modern NFL. He was a special person. He’s easy to find on the internet. Look him up.