Nine historically significant protests involving college football athletes

With at least 30 black University of Missouri football players announcing they will not participate in team activities until the school's president is removed, ESPN Stats & Info has compiled a list of other notable protests involving college football players.

1936 -- Howard's football team went on strike prior to a game against Virginia Union to protest the university's failure to provide the team with pre- and postgame food. Howard students boycotted classes in an act of solidarity with the football team.

1949 -- Lafayette declined an invitation to play in the 1949 Sun Bowl because the invitation came with the condition that David Showell, a black player for Lafayette, would not be allowed to play. West Virginia accepted the bid after Lafayette turned it down and played Texas College of Miners (now UTEP).

1968 -- Washington black athletes won a demand for a study on racism in the school's athletic department after accusing a football trainer of making racial slurs and inadequately treating injuries.

1968 -- Howard athletes, including football players, threatened to quit unless athletic director Samuel Barnes was removed. Reportedly, among the demands were improvements in food, medical attention, means of transportation, equipment and living conditions.

1969 -- In October, 14 players were dismissed from the Wyoming football team for wearing black armbands the night before a game against BYU. They called themselves "the Black 14" and were protesting BYU's policy of prohibiting African-Americans from leadership positions. The group sued the school for more than $1 million in damages, but the suit was unsuccessful. Later that month, San Jose State wore black armbands for its matchup with Wyoming to support the Black 14.

1972 -- Washington's football team refused to come out of the locker room for the second half of a game, unless their comments on protesting the Vietnam War were read over the public address announcer. The PA announcer did, in fact, read the players' statement.

2013 -- Grambling was forced to cancel a football game against Jackson State after players refused to travel to play the game. The players were upset over the school's travel policies and poor facility conditions and the team's coaching situation. The SWAC ruled the game a forfeit and awarded Jackson State the victory.

2014 -- After a scoring a touchdown against Missouri, Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams raised his hands and arms, mirroring the "hands up, don't shoot" pose frequently used by protestors of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown.

2015 -- In March, Oklahoma's football team chose not to participate in a spring practice as a silent protest against a fraternity on campus that participated in a racist video.