Editor’s Note: The recent news that the Black College Football Hall of Fame will be established in Atlanta presented an opening to renew a discussion on the All-time Black College football team. You can view the team, created by Donald Hunt of the Philadelphia Tribune for ESPN, by clicking here and then return to the discussion on my most recent blog.
A few months ago, I created a blog opening the discussion on the All-time Black College football team.
You can check out the team by clicking here. The team had some of the greatest names in HBCU history – Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, QB Doug Williams of Grambling and Jackson State RB Walter Payton just to name a few.
There were some notable omissions from the list, household names from their Black College football and/or NFL days. Shannon Sharpe, who’s likely heading into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the future, was a dominant player at Savannah State and Richard Dent was a beast at Tennessee State and later with the Chicago Bears.
One commenter said the QB position should’ve gone to Eldridge Dickey of Tennessee State, who played for Big John Merritt in Nashville – a coach who should’ve been on the team. FAMU fans believe Jake Gaither, who led the Rattlers to six Black College championships, should have been on the list.
Needless to say, it’s hard to create an all-time Black College team without leaving some deserving players off the list. There have just been so many great players from HBCUs over the years – and more that will probably create a legacy of their own in the future.
So, take a look at the list again by clicking here (which takes you back to the previous blog and you can access the list from there). Once you see the list, let me know what you think of it and who would you include (or exclude).
Also, for the latest in HBCU news and notes, click on the AJC’s HBCU football page by clicking here.