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Deion Sanders latest NFL legend to coach at HBCU

Deion Sanders is the latest NFL legend to coach an NFL team, but he’s far from the first to do so.

Larry Little, Bethune-Cookman/NC Central

Former Bethune-Cookman College guard Larry Little was dominant as a player. First in the SIAC and then in the pros with the Oakland Raiders. Little claimed two Super Bowl rings, five Pro Bowl selections, NFL 1970’s All Decade Team rights. He was later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

After hanging up his jersey, he decided to take his talents back to Bethune Cookman where he was a three-time All-SIAC election as a student-athlete from 1964-1967. Little was also inducted into the 2012 Bethune-Cookman Hall of Fame class. Between 1983 and 1991, the Wildcats clinched two Mid Eastern Athletic Conference championships under Little. However, he finished his tenure with an overall losing record of 45-48-1. 

Little then went on to lead the North Carolina Central University Eagles from 1993 to 1998 and just barely finished with an overall winning record of 33-32. Little coached a handful of players who went on to be standouts at Bethune Cookman, but not on Sundays in the NFL. 


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