Super Bowl LI hype was loud and rambunctious in Houston on Sunday, but the NFL took time prior to the game to honor Pro Football Hall of Famers who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Honoress included Doug Wiliams, who played for Grambling State University before going on to become a legend with the Washington Redskins; and Paul “Tank” Younger, who after also playing for Grambling went on to become a trailblazer for the L.A. Rams during the 1950s. He was the first NFL player to come from an HBCU.
Also, the New York Giants’ Michael Strahan, who attended Texas Southern; the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice, who went to Mississippi Valley State; the Green Bay Packers’ Willie Davis; the Oakland Raiders’ Willie Brown, both of Grambling; the Washington Redskins’ Ken Houston, who went to Prairie View A&M; and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Willie Lanier, of Morgan State were honored among others.
Also, the Chicago Bears’ Walter Payton, who went to Jackson State; the New York Giants’ Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown, and the Cleveland Browns’ Len Ford, both of whom played for Morgan State; the L.A. Rams’ David “Deacon” Jones, who attended Mississippi Valley State; the Dallas Cowboys’ “Bullet” Bob Hayes, who attended Florida A&M; the Kansas City Chiefs’ Buck Buchanan, who attended Grambling, were all honored posthumously.
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