Jerry Rice Inducted into Black College Football Hall of Fame
February 21, 2010
By Bill Boehlke
Jerry Rice will have to wait a few more months before his official induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. But he recently received another very significant honor with his induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
The inaugural class of eight players, two coaches and a journalist were officially inducted on Saturday, February 20, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Besides Rice (Mississippi Valley State), the class is made up of eight College Football Hall of Famers including: Buck Buchanan (Grambling State); Willie Gallimore (Florida A&M); Willie Lanier (Morgan State); Walter Payton (Jackson State); Ben Stevenson (Tuskegee (Ala.)); Paul Younger (Grambling State); Alonzo Gaither (Florida A&M) and Eddie Robinson (Grambling State).
Rice was was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. A wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, Rice 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.
ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden served as master of ceremonies for the induction. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly delivered the keynote address, and notable former player Willie Brown, one of four Pro Football Hall of Famers coached by Robinson, was in attendance.