Black College Football “Hall of Fame”

black college hall of fameIn 2009, Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris decided they wanted a way to preserve the history and significance of Black College Football. Both played at Grambling University under legendary head coach Eddie Robinson.

In 2010, the Black College Football Hall of Fame had their first enshrinement in Atlanta and their inaugural class was made up of Buck Buchanan, Tank Younger, Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Deacon Jones and more.

The Class of 2016 include:

Ken Burrough (Texas Southern University)

Jethro Pugh (Elizabeth City State University)

Otis Taylor (Prairie View A&M University)

Emmitt Thomas (Bishop College)

Aeneas Williams (Southern University)

Lloyd “Judge” Wells (Kansas City Chiefs), a Texas Southern University graduate who became the first black, full-time scout in the NFL.

Who Qualifies: Anyone who has played at an HBCU and are two years removed from playing is eligible.

The 12-member selection committee heavily weighs the potential players’ careers and their place in college football history. The classes are announced each year in February for Black History Month. To date, there have been 64 inductees.

Beginning this year, the Black College Football Hall of Fame will have a physical presence in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A temporary exhibit was  unveiled at this year’s induction ceremony; soon it will be followed by a permanent one later in the year.

“So many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and countless numbers of their teammates had a road to greatness paved through Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Hall of Fame President David Baker said in a release about the partnership. Cited from usafootball.com

Did You Know: 29 of the 303 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame played at an HBCU.

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