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Abbott was the eighth head football coach for the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers located in Tuskegee, Alabama and he held that position for 32 seasons, from 1923 until 1954. His... View Profile

Banks completed his career with a .839 win-loss percentage, and led the nation in total defense twice. There were numerous lofty accomplishments in his 14 years at Morgan State. Three... View Profile

Barney finished his college career at Jackson State University with three all Southwestern conference honors and 26 career interceptions. He was drafted in 1967 in the second round by the... View Profile

During his time at North Carolina A&T University, Bethea was a three time Pittsburgh Courier Black College Football All-American. In college, he played offensive guard and tackle, as well as... View Profile

Playing for Southern University, Blount made the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) all-conference team twice and was selected SWAC Most Valuable Player (MVP) his junior year. He was selected by the... View Profile

Running Back … University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1962-1965) … Two-time First Team All-American … MEAC Hall of Fame … Selected by the New York Jets in 6th round of... View Profile

Charles “Choo Choo” Brackins played college football at Prairie View A&M University from 1951 to 1955. He was a three year starting quarterback for legendary head football coach Billy Nicks... View Profile

Inducted into SWAC Hall of Fame (1995) … Inducted into Jackson State Hall of Fame (2003) … Houston Oilers (1975-1984) … 10 seasons … Selected by Oilers in 1st round... View Profile

Brown lettered all four years at split end and outside linebacker during his time at Grambling. He was a member of Coach Eddie Robinson’s first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship... View Profile

At Morgan State University, Brown revolutionized the game with his 6'3", 255-pound frame, and being very agile and quick on his feet which is very unusual for his era. After... View Profile

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... View Profile

Junious “Buck” Buchanan, as a defensive end for Grambling State University from 1959 to 1963, was an NAIA All-American and a three-time Black College All-America. Buchanan could bat down passes... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Texas Southern University (1966-1969) … New Orleans Saints (1970) … Houston Oilers (1971-1981) … 12 seasons … Selected by the New Orleans Saints in 1st round, 10th... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Southern University (1967-1970) … Began collegiate career as a walk-on … Member of the SWAC Hall of Fame … Selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in 7th round... View Profile

Carson played for Coach Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University from 1972–1975 and did not miss a single game in four years. He became the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference... View Profile

Won seven SWAC Championships at Alcorn State. Four time Black College National Champion (1968, 1969, 1974, 1984) … 1984 team finished as Number One team in all of Division I-AA... View Profile

Tight End … Morgan State University (1966-1969) … Member of Morgan State’s 1968 undefeated team, scoring the Bears’ only touchdown in their historic victory over Grambling at Yankee Stadium …... View Profile

After his playing days at Grambling State, Davis never missed a game out of a possible 162 games in his 12-year professional tenure. He was known for dropping opposing ball... View Profile

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... View Profile

Dickey was a three time HBCU All-American at Tennessee State University. He completed his collegiate career with 6,523 passing yards and 67 touchdowns. Dickey was considered a gifted athlete with... View Profile

Quarterback … Mississippi Valley State University (1972-1975) … Led the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in total offense three seasons … NAIA All-Star Team (1972) … Two-time Black College All-American …... View Profile

Defensive End … Central State University (1992-1994) … A two-time NAIA Division I All-American … Made 42 sacks in 32 games in a three-year collegiate career … Led his team... View Profile

Coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither spent 24 years at Florida A&M University, from 1945 to 1969, amassing an astonishing record of 203-36-4. His teams won 18 Conference Championships and were Black... View Profile

Willie “Gallopin’ Gal” Galimore, as a running back at Florida A&M University from 1953 to 1956, was all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice four times and was named a Black College... View Profile

In his collegiate career, Gilliam passed for 5,213 yards and 50 touchdowns, leading TSU to back-to-back Black College National Championships in 1970 and 1971. He was known to be one... View Profile

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... View Profile

A former director of personnel and scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, Graves made a huge impact on Black College Football. Graves was a pioneer in bringing qualified players from the... View Profile

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... View Profile

With Harris at Quarterback, Grambling won or shared all four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles. He was named MVP of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic. As a senior, Harris passed... View Profile

Quarterback … North Carolina Central University (1985-1988) … Four-time All CIAA performer … First freshman quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season … Set school, conference and... View Profile

Hayes is the only man to win both a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic Gold medal. His blazing speed helped catapult him as one of the top wide receivers... View Profile

Winston-Salem State University (1976-1987), North Carolina A&T University (1988-2002) … Won four CIAA titles at Winston-Salem State … Ranked as the #1 team in Division II after consecutive undefeated regular... View Profile

Linebacker … Langston University (1971-1974) … Started collegiate career as a walk-on … Led Langston to 11-2 record and NAIA playoff berth in 1973 … Two-time NAIA All-American … Southwest... View Profile

While at Prairie View A&M, Ken Houston spent time as a center before becoming the starting linebacker and an All-American in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He was an all-conference performer... View Profile

Humphrey was an All-American lineman at Tennessee State University under Coach John Merritt. Humphrey helped lead the Big Blue Tigers to a 35-3-1 record from 1965 to 1967. The 1967... View Profile

Defensive Back … Grambling State University (1972-1975) … A three-time All-American … A three-time All-SWAC performer … Finished his career ranked number two all-time at Grambling and in the SWAC... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Jackson State University (1964-1967) … Two-time First Team All-SWAC … Led the SWAC in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns two different seasons … Selected by the... View Profile

Defensive End … Southern University (1962-1965) … Was a standout on both sides of the football and on the track team, where he won the NAIA Shot-Put competition in 1962... View Profile

Jeffries was able to record three Black National Championships, seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, and a record of 179-132-6 in his 29-year career. He coached 19 years at his... View Profile

Cheyney University (1972-1978), Central State University (1981-1993), Florida A&M University (1994-2004) and Miles College (2007-2010) … Won five consecutive Black college football national championships (1986-1990) … Won two NAIA National... View Profile

Defensive Lineman … Grambling State University (1971-1974) … Selected by the San Diego Chargers with the eighth overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft … Chargers (1975-1983) … San Francisco... View Profile

Charlie Joiner won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship every year. During his time in college, Grambling’s record was a staggering 31-9-1, including the 9-1 campaign in 1967 that led to... View Profile

David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one... View Profile

The 6’9” defensive lineman, Jones became a two time All-American defensive lineman at TSU. He was part of two Black College Football National Championship teams in 1971 and 1973. He... View Profile

MSU Bears won the 1962 CIAA Championship with Kelly leading team in rushing, scoring and punting … Cleveland Browns (1964-1973) … 10 seasons … Selected by Browns in 8th round,... View Profile

Kendall dominated black college football in the 1930s while leading Kentucky State to a national championship in 1934. A three-time First Team All-America selection from 1934-36 by the Pittsburgh Courier,... View Profile

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)... View Profile

Willie “Honey Bear” Lanier played Linebacker and Offensive Guard at Morgan State University from 1963 to 1967. He earned first team All-America honors his junior year and led the Bears... View Profile

Running Back … Lincoln University (1951-1954) … Started every game and led the Blue Tigers to undefeated seasons in 1952 and 1953 … Still Lincoln’s all-time career leader in 4,457... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Grambling State University (1967-1970) … Helped Grambling to the 1968 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title … In 1969, led Grambling in rushing and receiving yards … Scored... View Profile

At Bethune-Cookman College, Larry Little was a two-way tackle, team captain, and a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. He would go undrafted after his college career, and have a... View Profile

Linebacker … Fort Valley State University (1984-1987) … Three-time All-SIAC selection … As a senior, was selected as the SIAC Player of the year … First Team SBN All-American …... View Profile

Defensive End … Alabama A&M University (1999 - 2002) … A four-year starter for the Bulldogs … He set an NCAA I-AA record with 20 sacks during his senior season... View Profile

McNair had many standout seasons with Alcorn State. In 1992, he threw for 3,541 yards and 29 touchdowns, and rushed for 10 more scores. In 1993, the Braves upped their... View Profile

Coach John Merritt had a record of 60-32-4 in his first job as head coach at Jackson State from 1953-1962. However, his greatest success was as the head coach at... View Profile

Jarvis Christian College (1924-1926), Bishop College (1927-1929), Texas College (1931-1935), Southern University (1936-1961) … Led the Southern Jaguars football team to five black national championships … All-time winningest football coach... View Profile

Charlie Neal started his broadcasting as a disc jockey in the 1970’s before turning to television as a sportscaster, working for several affiliates in the Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and... View Profile

Running Back … Winston-Salem State University (1976-1979) … Led the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in rushing and scoring three seasons … Three-time CIAA Offensive Player of the Year …... View Profile

Nicholson was best known as the man with the “Golden Pen.” In his 30 year career as the Sports Information Director, Nicholson brought national attention to Grambling State University’s football... View Profile

Legendary journalist and NFL Scout Bill Nunn entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, where he later rose to sports editor and managing editor. After... View Profile

Walter “Sweetness” Payton, as a Running Back at Jackson State University from 1971 to 1974. made every All-American team picked for college division or division 1-AA teams. In both years... View Profile

Defensive Lineman … Tennessee State University (1988-1989) and South Carolina State University (1990-1991) … Selected by the Detroit Lions in 1st round, 26th overall pick (1992 NFL Draft) … Lions... View Profile

Defensive Tackle … Elizabeth City State University (1961-1964) … Two-time All-CIAA defensive end (1963, 1964) … Dallas Cowboys (1965-1978) … 14 seasons … Selected by the Cowboys in 11th round,... View Profile

Jerry Rice, a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in history on any level. He was... View Profile

Richardson became one of the most honored players in the great history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Richardson was a four-time member of the Pittsburgh Courier Black All-America team.... View Profile

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... View Profile

Linebacker … Southern University (1967-1970) … As a senior, was selected All-American by The Sporting News, Associated Press and TIME Magazine … Selected by the Los Angeles Rams in 1st... View Profile

Coach Eddie G. Robinson spent 56 years at Grambling State University, from 1941-1997. He put together an incredible overall record of 408-165-15 and sent more than 200 players to the... View Profile

During his college career, he led the Hawks to an overall record of 28-1-1, while averaging 21.6 points per game. In addition, they won two CIAA championships, in 1955 and... View Profile

Sharpe was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection from 1987 to 1989 and the SIAC Player of the Year in 1987. He was selected as a Kodak Division II... View Profile

Shell starred on both offense and defense at Maryland Eastern Shore. He was named All-Conference three years, All-America two years by the Pittsburgh Courier and Ebony Magazine. Drafted by the... View Profile

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) …... View Profile

At Jackson State University, Jackie Slater was selected to the Southwestern Athletic Conference All-Star Game three times, and as a senior, was a first-team All-America selection. Slater was drafted in... View Profile

Two-time All-SIAC performer (1972-1973) … Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1987) … 14 seasons … Selected by Steelers in 4th round, 82nd player overall (1974 NFL Draft) … Played in six AFC Championships... View Profile

Ben “Big Ben” Stevenson spent his first years at Tuskegee University as a prep-schooler, which at the time allowed him to play eight seasons in all for the Golden Tigers,... View Profile

Two time 1st Team All-SWAC and SWAC Defensive Player of the Year … Black College Defensive Player of the Year (1992) … Holds TSU Record with 41.5 career sacks …... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Prairie View A&M University (1961-1964) … Kansas City Chiefs (1965-1975) … 11 seasons … Selected by the Chiefs in 5th round (1965 AFL Draft) … Three Pro... View Profile

Wide Receiver … Delaware State University (1983-1985) … Scored 42 touchdowns at Delaware State, including 15 his senior season, both Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) records … Holds MEAC record for... View Profile

Coach … Howard University (1983), Virginia Union (1984-1991), Hampton University (1992-2007), Florida A&M University (2008-2012) … Taylor compiled a career record of 232-97-4 and won four black college football national... View Profile

Cornerback … Bishop College (1962-1965) … Kansas City Chiefs (1966-1978) … 13 seasons … Five-time Pro Bowl selection … Two-time First Team All-Pro (1974, 1975) … Two-time Second Team All-Pro... View Profile

Commissioner … Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (2002-Present) … Hampton University Athletic Director (1990-2002) … As Director of Athletics at Hampton University, was awarded the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics... View Profile

First Team All-American in 1984 … Set more than 50 Division I-AA passing records … Team averaged 59 points per game … Threw for a record 58 touchdowns in one... View Profile

Defensive Back … Grambling State University (1977-1980) … Named to Kodak 1-AA All-American Team and Black College All-American Team … Led nation with 11 interceptions as a senior … Signed... View Profile

NFL Scout … Texas Southern University … Pro football's first black full-time scout … Wells' success was a catalyst for the older league to try to get up to speed... View Profile

Three time All-CIAA honoree … Kodak All-American (1969) … #63 retired by North Carolina Central University (1970) … Inducted into North Carolina Central University Hall of Fame (1984) … One... View Profile

Williams finished his college career with an impressive record of 36-7 as a starter at Grambling State University. He was a first team All-American and finished fourth in the 1978... View Profile

Cornerback/Free Safety … Southern University (1989-1990) … Arizona Cardinals (1991-2000) … St. Louis Rams (2001-2004) … 14 seasons … Selected by the Cardinals in 3rd round (1991 NFL Draft) …... View Profile

Offensive Lineman … Central State University (1987-1990) … Helped Central State win the NAIA National Championship in 1990 … All-American lineman … Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd... View Profile

Wright was known as a great athlete for his size. After being a standout at Fort Valley State, Wright would be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1967 as a... View Profile

Paul "Tank" Younger had a record-setting career at running back and linebacker at Grambling State University from 1945 to 1948. He was named to the 1948 Pittsburgh Courier All-America team... View Profile