(Born: February 8, 1868. Died: May 15, 1929). George Flippin was born in 1868 to Charles and Mahala Flippin. His father was a freed slave who fought for the Union army and established a medical clinic and pharmacy in 1888. George attended the University of Nebraska in 1891 where he became the first African American football player at the University. Flippin was an outstanding lineman but racism was always present. In 1892, Missouri refused to play Nebraska so long as Flippin was on the team and ended up forfeiting the game. He was voted as team captain in 1893 by the coach, Frank Crawford, vetoed the decision claiming that all Flippin had was brute force and no brains. Flippin was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
In 1894 he went to medicine becoming a physician. In 1907, Flippin moved to Stromsburg, Nebraska where he built the first hospital which still exists today though as a bed and breakfast. Flippin was respected throughout the country for his willingness to accept house calls regardless of the distance or of a family’s inability to pay. Flippin died in 1929 and is the only African American buried in the Stromsburg cemetery.