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2015 Inductees

Roger Brown    (Player)

Defensive Tackle … University of Maryland Eastern Shore … Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame (2009) … NAIA All-American (1958, 1959) … Detroit Lions (1960-1966), Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1967-1969) … 10 seasons in NFL … Selected by Lions in 4th round, 42nd player overall (1960 NFL Draft) … NFL Pro Lineman of the Year (1962) … Elected to six Pro Bowls … Member of the Rams “Fearsome Foursome” … Born May 1, 1937 in Surry County, VA.

Roger Brown

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Richard Dent    (Player)

Defensive End … Tennessee State University … Chicago Bears (1983-1993), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Chicago Bears (1995), Indianapolis Colts (1996), Philadelphia Eagles (1997) … 15 seasons … Selected by Bears in 8th round, 203rd player overall (1983 NFL Draft) … Named All-Pro five times … Elected to four Pro Bowls … Two time Super Bowl Champion (XX, XXIX) … Super Bowl XX MVP … Member of 100 sacks club (137.5 career sacks) … Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame (2011) … Born December 13, 1960 in Atlanta, GA.

Richard Dent

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W.C. Gorden    (Coach)

Coach … Jackson State University (1977-1991) … Won 8 SWAC Championships (1980-1982, 1985-1988, 1990) … Played college football at Tennessee State University (1948-1952) … Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a Coach (2008) … Career coaching record is 118 wins, against 47 losses with 5 ties … Born June 30, 1930 in Nashville, TN.

W.C. Gorden

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L.C. Greenwood    (Player)

Defensive End … University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff … 1968 Ebony All-American defensive lineman in the Southwestern Athletic Conference … Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-1981) … 13 seasons … Selected by Steelers in 10th round 238th player overall (1969 NFL Draft) … Named All-Pro two times … Elected to six Pro Bowls … Four time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) … Named to Super Bowl’s Silver Anniversary team (1991) … Named to the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team … Born September 8, 1946 in Canton, MS … Died September 29, 2013.

L.C. Greenwood

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Ernie "Big Cat" Ladd    (Player)

Defensive Tackle … Grambling State University … Attended Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship before playing football … San Diego Chargers (1961-1965), Houston Oilers (1966-1967), Kansas City Chiefs (1967-1968) … 8 seasons … Selected by Chargers in 15th round 119th player overall (1961 AFL Draft) … AFL Title (1963) … Four time AFL All-Star … Named All-Pro three times … Member of Chargers Hall of Fame … Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame (1995) … Born November 28, 1938 in Rayville, LA … Died March 10, 2007.

Ernie "Big Cat" Ladd

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Ken Riley    (Player)

Defensive Back … Florida A&M University … Played quarterback for FAMU … Rhodes Scholarship candidate … Cincinnati Bengals (1969-1983) … 14 seasons … Selected by Bengals in 6th round 135th player overall (1969 NFL Draft) … Converted to DB … Named All-Pro four times … Retired with fourth most career interceptions (65) … 65 interceptions and five TD returns are Bengals team records … Florida High School Association All-Century Team member … Born August 6, 1947 in Bartow, FL.

Ken Riley

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Donnie Shell    (Player)

Strong Safety … South Carolina State University … All-American and All-Conference as member of SCSU Bulldogs … Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame (1998) … Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1987) … Signed by Steelers as undrafted free agent … Elected to five Pro Bowls … Named All-Pro four times … Steelers team MVP (1980) … Four time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XII, XIV) … Retired with most interceptions by a strong safety (51) … Named to Black College 100-year team … Born August 26, 1952 in Whitmire, SC.

Donnie Shell

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