Stars And Stripes: Col. Gary Steele Makes Army Football History

In a new installment of VIBE’s “Stars and Stripes” program, we aimed to highlight an Army official who had a significant impact on family to fellow Soldiers. With that in mind we tapped “NBA Countdown” host Sage Steele to tell us which one of her family member’s fits this description, and she selected her father Col. Gary Steele as her “Stars and Stripes” hero.

Retired Col. Steele wasn’t only known for his valiant efforts during his 23 years of service, but he broke the color barrier in 1966 during his time at the United States Military Academy at West Point when he became the first African-American to play varsity football.

Assuming the position of a tight end, Col. Steele showcased his electrifying moves every game day, and was later inducted into the Army Sports Hall Of Fame in 2013. During his time on the field, Col. Steele mentioned that he garnered lifetime fundamentals that helped shaped his family values and solidified his place in Army football history.

Check out VIBE’s Stars and Stripes hero Col. Steele here, and read what his daughter had to say about her dad’s legacy and leadership on VIBE.