Packers Gold Shines
July 30, 1955 – Charles Brackins, the first African-American to play quarterback for the Packers, leads the Gold to a 14-7 win over the Green in an intrasquad game played in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The rookie from Prairie View A&M completes six of 16 passes for 72 yards and scores the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter. Brackins, Green Bay’s 16th-round draft choice, handles the team’s kickoff duties for seven games in 1955 before being waived on Nov. 8 to make room for quarterback Paul Held. Brackins’ play from scrimmage during the regular season consists of three snaps against the Browns on Oct. 23 in which he throws incomplete twice and is dumped once for a 7-yard loss.