Black College Football Hall of Fame announces Class of 2023

ATLANTA, GA. — The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2023 today (Dec. 8). Eight inductees were selected for the BCFHOF's 14th class from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 includes Leslie Frazier (Alcorn State
University), Henry “Killer” Lawrence (Florida A&M University), Albert Lewis (Grambling State
University), Jim Marsalis (Tennessee State University), Tyrone McGriff (Florida A&M University),
Elijah Pitts (Philander Smith College), Johnnie Walton (Elizabeth City State University), and Coach Pete
(Southern University, Winston Salem State University).

“This class is another representation of the immense football talent that has played at historically black
colleges and universities,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 Inductee Doug Williams. “Several of these
players were college All-Americans, high NFL draft picks and Pro Bowlers.”

Lewis is also one of 28 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023. 

Votes were tallied from the 11-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists,
commentators and historians, as well as former NFL general managers and executives, and from members
of the BCFHOF to determine the Inductees.

The Class of 2023 will be honored at the 14th Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony presented by the Atlanta Falcons on June 10, 2023. The Induction Ceremony takes place at
the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

They will also be recognized at halftime of the Second Annual HBCU Legacy Bowl on Feb. 25, 2023,
at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, La. The Legacy Bowl will be broadcast live on NFL Network (4 p.m. ET). For more information on the Inductees, view the full BCFHOF news release here.