There are colleges and universities scattered all around the country that are known as HBCUs – Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Some of these universities have been in existence for over 100 years.
Some of these universities have produced some stand outs on the grid iron with players moving on to star in the NFL.
On November 19, the Black College Football Hall of Fame named six new members to their Hall of Fame with the 2021 class…
Coy Bacon from Jackson State University
Greg Coleman from Florida A&M
Jimmie Giles from Alcorn State University
Winston Hill form Texas Southern University
Roynell Young from Alcorn State University
and Coach Willard Bailey from Virginia Union Norfolk State University, St. Paul’s College, and Virginia-Lynchburg College
Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founder and member Doug Williams spoke on behalf of the Board of Trustees saying, “congratulations to the Class of 2021. It is a significant achievement to be considered one of the best to ever play or coach football at a Historically Black College & University.”
Defensive lineman Coy Bacon was a three time Pro Bowler in the NFL; playing for five teams over 15 years.
Greg Coleman spent 12 years as a punter in the NFL.
Jimmie Giles played tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went to four Pro Bowls over a 13 year period.
Roynell Young was a safety and cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles for nine seasons where he made on Pro Bowl appearance.
Offensive tackle Winston Hill made three Pro bowl appearances and
feature photo credit: the Black College Football earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Jets. He was also named an All Star for the AFL – American Football League – four times.
As a head coach, Willard Bailey earned a record of 238 wins with 169 losses and seven ties over the course of his 31 year career. He also led his teams to seven championships.
The new inductees were selected from a list of 25 players and coaches. The new Hall of Fame members will be officially inducted in a ceremony during the Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
feature photo credit: the Black College Football Hall of Fame Facebook page