Linwood Sexton, American football player, Died at 90


Linwood Bookard “Lin” Sexton was born on April 16, 1926 and died on March 29, 2017.

He was an American football halfback.

Sexton played for the Los Angeles Dons and played college football at Wichita State University from 1944 to 1948.

Sexton having previously attended East High School in Wichita where he was part of the Wichita East High School Aces track team who won two KU Relays championships, two state team titles including an undefeated track season in 1944.

In that same year, Linwood won the state meet 100 yard dash with a time of 10.4, the 220 with a time of 22.5 and anchored the winning 880–yard relay.

Sexton was one of the first African-American college football players to play for Wichita State, and in the Missouri Valley Conference, and thus was barred from participating in certain games and was forced to make separate travel arrangements due to the segregation policies in place at the time.

Sexton was named to the All-Conference team in 1945, 1946, and 1947, the first African-American player to have accomplished the feat.

named in his honor is the Linwood Sexton Endowed Scholarship from his alma mater, Wichita State.

His number 66 was retired before he graduated and he was inducted into the Wichita State Hall of Fame in 1979.

During 2011, Linwood was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sexton also a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Linwood Bookard “Lin” Sexton passed away at 90 years old.