The 1899 football team included Colgate's first two identified African American players, George L. Hayes (above), Class of 1903, and Samuel H. Archer, Class of 1903. Both men went on to distinguished careers as educators. Hayes retired as superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools. Archer was also the star of the Colgate Debate Team and was chosen as one of six commencement speakers in recognition of his speaking ability and standing as a student. He retired from public life as president of Morehouse College.

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