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Celebration of Pro Football Hall of Famers Who Attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Super Bowl LI

Celebration of Pro Football Hall of Famers Who Attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Super Bowl LI

02/02/2017
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The celebration of the legacy and impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) and their players will continue at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

The NFL will carry on the tradition of honoring Legends and historic players at the Super Bowl by recognizing Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCUs, including JERRY RICEMICHAEL STRAHAN and AENEAS WILLIAMS (see full list below). The celebration will culminate with an on-field, pregame ceremony with these players at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 5.

"The NFL acknowledgement of the role of the historic black universities for their contributions to the game is important on three fronts, reminding us of the legacy that led Michael Strahan, myself and 27 others to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Fame defensive back Aeneas Williams during a pre-Super Bowl event. “The strong values these institutions have for the game and how these colleges today remain a pathway for playing the game as their game for life.”

The NFL has a longstanding relationship with HBCUs, which have developed some of the greats of the game.

Twenty-nine of the 303 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended HBCUs. The Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF), recently announced a partnership that will result in a permanent home for the BCFHOF as part of the new Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village on the Hall’s campus in Canton, Ohio, adding to the history and association of HBCUs and their players’ influence on the game. (Read More on the partnership)

"It has almost been a year since the Black College Football Hall of Fame has partnered with to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO Dave Baker. “We were honored when the National Football League reached out with the great concept of shining a light on the Historically Black Colleges & Universities by introducing those HBCUs Gold Jackets at Super Bowl LI. We look forward to furthering their legacy through exhibits at the Hall and our national traveling exhibit "Gridiron Glory" that is currently at Texas Southern during this Super Bowl.” (Click to learn more about "Gridiron Glory")

 

Pro Football Hall of Famers who attended HBCUs
 

LEM BARNEY

Jackson State

ELVIN BETHEA

North Carolina A&T

MEL BLOUNT

Southern University 

ROOSEVELT BROWN  

Morgan State

WILLIE BROWN

Grambling State

BUCK BUCHANAN

Grambling State

HARRY CARSON

South Carolina State

WILLIE DAVIS

Grambling State

RICHARD DENT

Tennessee State

BOB HAYES

Florida A&M

CLAUDE HUMPHREY

Tennessee State

LEN FORD

Morgan State

BOB HAYES

Florida A&M

KEN HOUSTON

Prairie View A&M

CHARLIE JOINER

Grambling State

DEACON JONES

Mississippi Valley State

LEROY KELLY

Morgan State

WILLIE LANIER

Morgan State

LARRY LITTLE

Bethune Cookman

WALTER PAYTON

Jackson State

JERRY RICE

Mississippi Valley State

SHANNON SHARPE

Savannah State

ART SHELL

University of Maryland Eastern Shore 

JACKIE SLATER

Jackson State

JOHN STALLWORTH

Alabama A&M

MICHAEL STRAHAN 

Texas Southern

EMMITT THOMAS

Bishop

AENEAS WILLIAMS

Southern University

RAYFIELD WRIGHT

Fort Valley State

 

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