Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders

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.

Doug Williams

Doug Williams, Grambling State

Doug Williams made the most out of his collegiate years.

The former Grambling State quarterback led the Tigers to three Southwestern Athletic Conference championships in the 70’s, becoming a 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1978 NFL draft, Williams dominated the pros. Williams went on to be the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl after he led the Washington Football Team over the Denver Broncos to win the championship in 1998. He secured the MVP title for the game and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

So how did Williams’ talent fare when he took his talents off the field and onto the sidelines as a coach? In his single season with the Morehouse Maroon Tigers in 1997, Williams struggled and ended the year with a 3-8 overall record. After switching gears and heading back to Grambling to coach, Williams seemed to thrive. From 1998-2013 Williams won three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles and a Football Conference Sub-division national title.He finished his Black college coaching tenure with an overall record of 65-39 before being fired by Grambling State in 2013.

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Deion Sanders latest NFL legend to coach at HBCU
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