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CR to the CIF HOF

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Legendary USC fullback C.R. Roberts is set to be inducted into the CIF-San Diego Section Hall of Fame.

crroberts-USC.jpgClick the link for the full story:
CIF_50 HOF Induc_Web.pdf

The Oceanside product was a social pioneer at USC as one of the first high-profile black athletes to compete against white athletes in the state of Texas during the Trojans 44-20 win in 1956 over the Longhorns in Austin.  Roberts rushed for a then school record 251 yards in just 12 minutes of action.

As the story goes, Roberts and his teammates refused to stay in a segregated team hotel in Austin, so they switched to integrated living quarters.  They also threatened to boycott the game if black spectators were not allowed into the previously segregated University of Texas Stadium.

The vocal stances and outstanding play by the USC fullback helped spur change in the Southwestern Conference.

His athletic and social achievements extended past the football field. 

Roberts was active in student government and helped pass an initiative to allow women to join the previously all male USC cheer squad.  And on the track, he bested Bruin legend Rafer Johnson in the long jump at the 1953 USC/UCLA dual meet in the Coliseum.

Roberts played football professionally with the San Francisco 49ers (pictured below).

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2 Comments

CR,

Sorry we cannot be at this very special occasion. We received it too late to respond.

Congratuations on the award.

Fight On!!

JJ and Roger

I love how USC and its players helped integrate the south and transform the nation's attitudes toward race.

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