Emlen Tunnell (March 29, 1924[1] – July 23, 1975), nicknamed "the Gremlin", was an American football player and coach. He was the first African-American to play for the New York Giants and also the first to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Emlen Tunnell was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in April 1946.He enrolled at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1946. Playing for the 1946 Iowa football team