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Criteria for Nomination and Induction to the Black College Football Hall of Fame:
  • Players will be eligible for nomination no earlier than five years after their last season of intercollegiate football.
  • Players must have finished their intercollegiate playing careers at a Historically Black College or University. Exceptions may be made if it is determined by an 80% vote of the Selection Committee that a player is widely identified with an HBCU.
  • Players must have played at least two seasons at an HBCU. Judging will be based on a nominee’s collegiate HBCU playing career.
  • Any former or current Head Football Coach of an HBCU is eligible for nomination.
  • Any individual is eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame as a “Contributor.” Judging will be based on his/her impact on the advancement of HBCU football.

 

 

PAUL “TANK” YOUNGER
CLASS OF 2010
Grambling State University
He was the first NFL player from a predominantly black college. In 1945, as a freshman, Younger led the nation in scoring with 25 touchdowns. When he graduated in 1948, his NCAA career total of 60 touchdowns was an all-time record. After his senior season, he was voted Black College Football's Player of the Year and named a member of the 1948 Pittsburgh Courier All-America team.

Undrafted by an NFL team, Younger signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent and became the first NFL player from an HBCU. He is the sixth-leading rusher in Rams history with 3,296 yards.