Legends of the Mean Green : 1950s

The 1950s witnessed the desegregation of the North Texas campus and football team.  Abner Hayes, one of the first black players on the North Texas football team, joined the team in 1956, the first year of undergraduate desegregation.  By his senior year in 1959, Haynes ranked seventh in the nation in rushing, fifth in scoring, and led North Texas to the 1959 Sun Bowl.  Another milestone achieved in the 1950s was the construction of Fouts Field in 1952, named after former coach Theron Fouts.

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Photograph of a North Texas State College football game against Midwestern State. Ken Bahnsen (#45) avoids being tackled during this Homecoming game.

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Photograph of North Texas fullback, Abner Haynes (#28) in a 1958 game.