Atlanta, GA (February 12, 2019) – Pro Football Hall of Fame member and NFL Legend Joe Namath will be in Atlanta this weekend supporting his former New York Jets teammate, Emerson Boozer. Namath will represent Boozer, whose health is preventing him from attending personally, for his induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF), of which Boozer is part of the 2019 Class.
Seven inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee. The Class of 2019 includes Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Hugh Douglas (Central State), Rich “Tombstone” Jackson (Southern),Frank Lewis (Grambling State), Timmy Newsome (Winston-Salem State), John Taylor (Delaware State) as player inductees, and Coach Arnett “Ace” Mumford (Jarvis Christian College, Bishop College, Texas College and Southern University).
Votes were tallied from the 12-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists, commentators and historians, as well as former NFL General Managers and executives, and from previous BCFHOF inductees to determine the Inductees.
“While we wish Emerson could celebrate his induction personally, what better person to represent Emerson than his teammate and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath,” said James “Shack” Harris, BCFHOF Co-Founder and 2012 inductee. "Emerson and Joe won a Super Bowl together, so we're proud to welcome Joe to the Induction Ceremony of the Black College Football Hall of Fame."
The 2019 Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons, takes place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta this Saturday, February 16. LIMITED TICKETS are still available at www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.
About Black College Football Hall of Fame
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October of 2009 by African-American pioneers and quarterbacks, Pro Bowl MVP James "Shack" Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 70 Inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees.