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Three Former Steelers Among BCF Hall of Fame Finalists

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Donnie Shell is nominated for the Black College Football Hall of Fame. (Sports Illustrated photo)

The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced the finalists for its fifth class today and the Pittsburgh Steelers were well-represented. Three of the twenty nominees were members of the 1970s squads that won four Super Bowl Championships in a single decade.  Two former Steelers, quarterback Joe Gilliam and defensive back Mel Blount, are already enshrined.

This list is pretty SWAC heavy, as 11 of the nominees hail from schools that either currently or formerly competed in the conference. The Class of 2014 will be officially introduced on October 23.


·        Emerson Boozer (RB, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1962-1965)
·        Robert Brazile (LB, Jackson State University, 1971-1975)
·        Roger Brown (OL, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1956-1959)
·        Harold Carmichael (WR, Southern University, 1967-1970)
·        Richard Dent (DE, Tennessee State University, 1979-1982)
·        L.C. Greenwood (DE, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 1965-1968)
·        Harold Jackson (WR, Jackson State University,1965-1968)
·        Leroy Kelly (RB, Morgan State University, 1960-1963)
·        Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd (DL, Grambling State University, 1957-1960)
·        Jethro Pugh (DE, Elizabeth City State University, 1961-1964)
·        Donnie Shell (DB, South Carolina State University, 1970-1973)
·        John Stallworth (WR, Alabama A&M University, 1970-1973)
·        Michael Strahan (DE, Texas Southern University, 1989-1992)
·        Ken Riley (QB, Florida A&M University, 1965-1968)
·        Willie “Satellite” Totten (QB, Mississippi Valley State University, 1982-1985)
·        Otis Taylor (WR, Prairie View A&M University, 1961-1964)
·        Emmitt Thomas (QB/DB, Bishop College, 1962-1965)
·        Everson Walls (DB, Grambling State University, 1977-1980)
·        Doug Wilkerson (OL, North Carolina Central University, 1966-1969)
·        Aeneas Williams (CB, Southern University, 1987-1990)

COACH & CONTRIBUTOR FINALISTS

·        Marino Casem (Head Coach, Alcorn State University, 1963-1992)
·        Joe Gilliam, Sr. (Tennessee State University Defensive Coordinator)
·        William Joe (Head Coach, Central State University 1981-1993, Florida A&M 1994-2004)·        Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones (President, Grambling State University, 1936-1977)·        Arnett Mumford (Head Coach, Southern University, 1927-1961)

                     

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