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St. Joseph Pharmacist Has a Cherished Connection to WE ARE

For former Penn State football player Wally Triplett, WE ARE, is more than the university’s now famous chant. It’s a proclamation that was collectively voiced by Triplett’s white Penn State teammates 70 years ago as they all voted to cancel a regular-season game at the University of Miami, rather than honor segregated Miami’s request to not bring their African American players to the game.

Triplett’s story, well told in the link below that was recently featured on ESPN, is also well known to St. Joseph’s pharmacist Darryle Tillman, Triplett’s cousin.

Darryle reports that Triplett still lives in the village of Lamott, Pa, a neighborhood in Cheltenham Township near Philadelphia that was founded as a way station on the underground railroad.

Tillman says that Triplett was one of the first African-Americans to be drafted by and play for a National Football League team. He was a member of the Detroit Lions in the 50s and was on a team that won a championship game, before it was known as the Super Bowl.

To learn about the ‘true’ significance of WE ARE, please click on the video below.

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