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Robert Edwards


When a college football player first scores a touchdown before the home fans, it should be a moment of unfettered joy, of promise fulfilled.

For Darryl Hill, who integrated the U.S. Naval Academy's football program, then became the ACC's first black football player, it was more complicated.

After he caught his first touchdown pass at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium, the traditional cannon shot sounded. Hill threw up his arms and discarded the ball in fright. He had been told by school officials that someone had threatened to shoot him from the top of the stands. So all he could think was, "They got me."

It's easy for him to look back after 45 years...