Two HBCU alums were up for the final vote to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of them made it. Robert Brazile, a former linebacker at Jackson State received the 80 percent of votes required to make it into the Hall of Fame. Grambling alum Everson Walls, in his final year of eligibility, fell short among a star-studded class of finalists.
Hall of Fame, Class of 2018: Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2018
Quartet of Tigers now enshrined
Brazile becomes the fourth JSU Tiger to achieve the esteemed honor. Walter Payton, Lem Barney, and Jackie Slater all preceded Brazile as Hall of Fame selections.
Brazile was the sixth overall pick in the 1975 NFL draft, being selected by the Houston Oilers. He finished his career with 48 sacks and 1,281 tackles. Sacks weren’t counted as an official statistic in the NFL until 1982.
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) February 4, 2018
“Dr. Doom” as he was affectionately called, won the defensive rookie of the year award and earned Pro Bowl selections for seven consecutive seasons. He retired in 1983.
Brazile made it in as a finalist this year through the Seniors Committee. A measure put in place to nominate players who’ve been retired 25 years or more and may be forgotten by casual fans and modern media.