CBS Sports Network presents 1ST & GOAL IN THE BRONX: GRAMBLING VS. MORGAN STATE 1968, a documentary about the monumental game played between Grambling and Morgan State, the first historically black college football game played in New York City. The one-hour documentary airs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (7:00 PM, ET), exactly 43 years after the game was played at Yankee Stadium in front of more than 60,000 fans. Actor Keith David narrates the program.
Through the lens of this historic game, this documentary explores the history of black college football and its struggles in segregated America, as well as the political and cultural sub-text surrounding this match-up. The show features numerous interviews with players from Grambling and Morgan State including Shack Harris and Raymond Chester, as well as current Grambling coach Doug Williams, Willie Brown, Willie Lanier, Eddie Robinson’s widow Doris Robinson and veteran sports columnist Jerry Izenberg, among others. Overall, 31 players involved in the game were drafted to the NFL or AFL.
The game has been played every year since 1968 and officially became the New York Urban League Classic in 1971, which celebrates its 40thanniversary this year. The New York Urban League Classic was played at Yankee Stadium until 1987, when it moved to the Meadowlands.
Alexis Arguello and Brian Davis produce. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Interstitials, CBS Sports Network. For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.