Jerry Rice Elected into Black College Football Hall of Fame
January 19, 2010
By Bill Boehlke
Former Seahawks wide receiver Jerry Rice is one of seven legenday players who will be inducted in February into the Black College Football Hall of Fame. The hall honors the greatest football players and coaches from historically black colleges and universities. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden will serve as master of ceremonies, and the ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joining Rice are six players, two coaches and one contributor who will be inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame class, chosen by a selection committee comprised of prominent journalists and football executives.
The Players: Buck Buchanan (Grambling State); Will Galimore (Florida A&M); Willie Lanier (Morgan State); Walter Payton (Jacksonville State); Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State); Ben Stevenson (Tuskegee), and Paul Younger (Grambling State).
The Coaches: Eddie G. Robinson (Grambling State University); Alonzo “Jake” Gaither (Florida A&M University).
And contributor Bill Nunn, legendary journalist and NFL scout.
Rice, a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in history on any level. He was named first-team Division I-AA All-America and finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman Trophy voting. His 27 touchdown receptions that season set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Rice was named the 1984 SWAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the State of Mississippi. In addition to being named first-team Division I-AA All-American, the NEA and Football Writers’ Association of America both named Rice to their first-team Division I-A All-America squads.
He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 16th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft and became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. Rice concluded an incredible 20 year NFL career in Seattle in 2004. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a 2010 nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.