Black College Football Hall of Fame announces their Class of 2022

By Lenny Moon

The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2022 to be inducted on June 18th in Atlanta, Ga at the College Football Hall of Fame venue. The selections are Livingstone College tight end Ben Coates, Alcorn State wide receiver Donald Driver, Morris Brown’s running back John “Big Train” Moody and Florida A&M offensive lineman Nate Newton. Also Grambling’s wide receiver Sammy White, Morris Brown contributor Roscoe Nance and Morris Brown and Prairie View coaching legend William “Billy” Nicks earned their right to round out the 2022 class.

Ben Coates-TE-Livingstone College (1987-90) New England Pats (1991-99), Baltimore Ravens (2000)

Benjamin Terrence Coates Jr was selected in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The 6-5, 245 tight end is a five-time Pro Bowl performer, a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team and inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2008. At the time of his retirement, Coates was fourth on the the all-time tight end receptions list with 499, trialing only Ozzie Newsome, Shannon Sharpe and Kellen Winslow. The Greenwood, SC native participated in both Super Bowl XXXI while a member of the Pats and Super Bowl XXXV with the Ravens. In 2018, he was inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame.

Donald Driver-WR Alcorn State (1995-98) Green Bay Packers (1999-2012)

Born in Houston, Tx, Donald Jerome Driver was a multi-star athlete at Milby High School, lettering in football, track, basketball and baseball. His versatility on the gridiron merited him Texas Honorable Mention All-State while starring at wide receiver, secondary and special teams. After accepting a scholarship to Alcorn State, the speedster went on to letter on the gridiron and the cinder where he earned SWAC Athlete of the Year”. He posted a career 19.9 yards per catch average while on the “Reservation” (moniker for the Braves campus). Drafted in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Driver would spend his entire 14-year pro career with Green Bay becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in career receptions (743) and career receiving yards (10,137). The five-time Pro Bowler was a member of the Packers Super Bowl XLV championship over the Steelers and is a bonafide Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate.

John “Big Train” Moody-RB-Morris Brown College

An All-American running back for Morris Brown College that predated World War II, John “Big Train” Moody set a Black College football record by accumulating 290 total points. He played a pivotal role in Morris Brown’s Black National Championship in 1940

Nate Newton-OL- Florida A&M University (1979-82) Washington (1983) Tampa Bay Bandits-USFL (1984-85) Dallas Cowboys (1986-98) Carolina Panthers (1999)

Nathaniel “Nate” Newton was a four-sport letterman at Jones High School in Orlando. Until his junior season, he actually played the fullback position until he literally outgrew the position and was moved to the defensive line. Nate elected to remain in his home state and selected Florida A&M where he played both offensive and defensive line positions his first two seasons. Eventually he settled as a fulltime offensive lineman his junior season, and earned All-Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) his senior campaign. Newton played 17 years of pro football, with 13 of those with the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-3, 335 pound offensive lineman is a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII & XXX) and is a 6-time Pro Bowl performer.

Sammy White-WR-Grambling State (1972-75) Minnesota Vikings (1976-85)

Sammy White posted a prolific collegiate career at Grambling State, becoming a two-time All-Southwestern Conference (SWAC) wide receiver and selected in the 2nd round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. It didn’t take long before the Winnsboro, Louisiana native asserted himself on the next level, becoming a unanimous NFL Rookie of the Year performer along with a Pro Bowl appearance that same season. White would go on to earn three Pro Bowl appearances, snare 50 career TDs, named to Minnesota’s 25th Anniversary Team and earned the distinction as one of the “50 Greatest Vikings”. Sammy was former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton’s go-to receiver in Super Bowl XI vs the Oakland Raiders.

Roscoe Nance- Tuskeegee Institute-Jackson Clarion Ledger-USA Today (Contributor)

A native of Enterprise, Alabama Roscoe Nance was a sports writer deluxe for well over 40 years having cut his teeth in the deep south in Columbus, Ga back in 1975 and later stints with the Jackson, Ms Clarion Ledger (1978-85) and the USA Today (1986-2007). It was during his term with the Clarion Ledger, where Nance became the first Black sportswriter and later wore the moniker as “Dean of Black College Sportswriters”. An example of Roscoe’s colorful writing style was his penchant for coining nicknames for legendary SWAC football coaches that stuck such as Mississippi Valley’s Archie “Gunslinger” Cooley and Alcorn’s Marino “Godfather” Casem. Known as ‘Sco to those who knew him well, Nance founded the SWAC Alumni Association as part of his rich HBCU sports legacy.

William “Billy” Nicks-Coach- Morris Brown -Prairie View A&M

A native of Griffin, Ga and an alum of Morris Brown College in the 20s, William James Nicks would return to his alma mater as a coach and compile an impressive 65-21-13 ledger. Included was a Black National Championship team in 1941. If one thought that his 75% success ratio was apparent due to home cooking, then he squash those notions once he arrived in Texas shortly following World War II. From 1945 through 1965 during two different stints on “The Hill” in Waller County, Coach Nicks would amass a sparkling 127-39-8 record, including five Black National Football Championships, seven SWAC Football Championships and earned the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1963. His career record stands as 192-60-21. Prairie View’s basketball arena, as well as other current athletic complex structures are named on behalf of Coach Billy Nicks.

“HBCU LEGACY BOWL 2022”- Black College Football Hall of Fame

The inaugural “HBCU Legacy Bowl”, hosted by the Black College Football Hall of Fame will transpire on February 18, 2022 at Yulman Stadium on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, La starting at 3:00 pm…”We thought the creation of the Legacy Bowl would showcase the HBCU (Historically Black College & University) draft eligible football players to get an additional look, compete against each other, and have an outlet to display their skills before NFL scouts” stated James “Shack” Harris (Co-Founder and Trustee of the Black College Football Hall of Fame). Harris went on to say “Ultimately, the goal is to increase the HBCU football player the opportunity to get drafted into the National Football League”. The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network. Steve Wyche will provide the play-by-play, Charles Davis (Game Analyst) and Bucky Brooks (Sideline). Ticket information can be retrieved online by visiting tulanegreenwave.evenue.net or 504-861-9283.

The teams will be structured with the East vs West model indicated below:

(West) SWAC and SIAC deemed as the “Eddie Robinson Team”
Coaches: Willie Simmons (FAMU) Offense
Gabe Giardina (Albany State) Defense

(East) MEAC and CIAA deemed as the “Jake Gaither Team”
Coaches: Buddy Pough (SC State) Defense
Damon Wilson (Bowie State) Offense

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Pro Football Hall of Fame
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From Relative Obscurity to Outer Space, PFHOF DL Michael Strahan living the Dream

By Lenny Moon

Early in my collegiate football broadcasting career, I was assigned to provide said services for the renown Historically Black College (HBCU) located in the heart of centrally located Third Ward smack dab in the middle of Houston, Tx. Texas Southern University (TSU) is located a short distance from downtown, the world famous Medical Center, the University of Houston, Rice University and even closer to the Cuney Homes (former residence of George Floyd who “shook up the world” with his untimely death symbolic of police brutality unjustly assessed against minorities). I had previously covered the Tigers from a distance while serving as the Sports Editor of the Houston Newspages. But once I became one of the voices of TSU’s football team, with it required more time invested to become more versed about the product that I would be articulating.

Television star Michael Strahan’s 1st TV Appearance

Once embedded, I quickly noticed that several of the members of the coaching staff were former players of the local NFL franchise Houston Oilers. Being a huge Oilers fan for years, I readily recognized several staff members and former pro players such as Conway Hayman (who blocked for Earl Campbell), along with former secondary stars C.L. Whittington and Al Johnson. Head Coach Walter Highsmith, who also had a pro football resume, was in the second year of his five year contract. His son Alonzo was a starting running back across town for the Oilers during this same period. As a broadcaster, the defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator were where one procured the insight of the players, in addition to Highsmith. Whittington at that time was the defensive coordinator, who molded several of his pupils from that program that went on to the NFL ranks. Coach Whittington often spoke of a protégé that was originally a raw prospect, who actually had not played many years of football prior to his arrival at TSU, that was absorbing the coaching and quickly developing into a force as an edge pass rusher.

Strahan on the set with Producer/ Host Lenny Moon circa 1991

Michael Strahan was not your prototypical recruit that comprised the resume of your typical collegiate student-athlete. His trek carried him to a military upbringing in Mannheim, Germany before returning back to the states and H-Town (his birthplace) to live with his uncle Art. As the Strahan folklore has it, Michael’s only college scholarship offer was TSU due to his uncle’s connection to Coach Highsmith and his alma mater. Our paths intersected around 1991 (Mike’s junior season) when he was emerging as a star at his position in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Since I was now part of the radio broadcasting contingent, I felt compelled to implement a head football coach’s show that was noticeably missing with the blessing of Coach Highsmith. During that era, Houston Sports and Entertainment (HSE) was the outlet for a large chunk of the football coaching shows that I had witnessed. As fate would have it, I inadvertently crossed paths with that station’s general manager Jack Stanfield and worked out a deal where we could get TSU football on the televised airwaves. Through Stanfield, we were not only airing in the Houston market, but also the Southwest Region which included other connecting states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Mike would appear a couple of times as “Player of the Week” where we would highlight the TSU gridder’s exploits on the field, but also take that opportunity to discuss their academics and/or profile related entities.

Strahan on set of “Walter Highsmith Show” with Producer/ Host Lenny Moon

Little did anyone know at the time that Strahan would continue to develop on and off the field, drafted in the 2nd round of the 1993 NFL Draft, become a 7-time Pro Bowl selection, enjoy a sterling 15-year NFL career, Super Bowl XLII champion, 2000s All-Decade Team, New York Giants Ring of Honor, No 92 jersey permanently retired, Black College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame among other accolades. And those are just some of his on field accomplishments. The Houston native would go on to become an NFL studio personality for Fox NFL, “Live with Kelly and Michael”, “Good Morning America” co-host, the “$100,000 Pyramid” host among others while fully taking advantage of his New York City celebrity and ambition. And if that wasn’t enough, Strahan is slated to launch into space on Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s rocket slated for December 2021. This gentleman has certainly come quite a distance from his highlight having been knocking out Alcorn State’s QB Steve “Air” McNair while at TSU to going where only a few humans have ever traveled.

“LennyMoonBriefs” delves into Vintage Archival clips from Vault- Vol III & IV

By Lenny Moon

In our LennySportsBrief series from days past, then San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker (current Houston Astros skipper) was asked about his former teammate with the Atlanta Braves Hank Aaron. Baker expressed that he felt that the “Hammer” would never get the respect that he deserved from MLB and the baseball community. At press time, Baker, currently the manager of the Houston Astros, and his H-Town contingent were embroiled as American League representatives in the 2021 World Series vs the Atlanta Braves. (SEE ABOVE VIDEO)
From our vintage sports clip series, former MLB star hurler Dave Stewart was asked why there was a steep decline in volume of African American pitchers in the modern professional game. The Oakland, Ca native pitched in the World Series for three different ballclubs (L.A. Dodgers, Oakland A’s and the Toronto Blue Jays)…(SEE ABOVE VIDEO)

“LennyMoonBriefs” delves into Vintage Archival clips from Vault -Vol I & II

By Lenny Moon

Over the past three decades or so (whose counting), we had the good fortune of crossing paths with some of the biggest names on the sports landscape. Back in the day, we established a platform that we titled “Sports Briefs” that was typically less than two minutes in length and featured either a contemporary issue and/or a top shelf personality of that time period. With that said, we’ve reached back and retrieved four previous segments, with two attached to each reel.

The first highlights two gentlemen from the world of Major League Baseball, where one is known for his voice and the other for his booming bat. Vin Skully, legendary voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers was asked about his Dodgers producing more than their fair share of “Rookie of the Year” performers over the years. The next visit was the guy best known by baseball fans as “Mr October”, Reggie Jackson. The lefty swinging power hitter was asked about his love and hate relationship of playing in New York for the Yankees. Both Skully and Jackson are MLB Hall of Fame members. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

The second video highlights former Texas Western University (now known as University of Texas-El Paso) head basketball coach Don Haskins. During a roundball broadcasting excursion to west Texas prior to the production of the movie “Glory Road”, we caught up with the history-making coach popularly known as “The Bear”. Back in 1966, Texas Western became the first college in American history to start five Black cagers in a NCAA Division I Torunament championship game to win the national title.

The second segment connects with former Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan. The Bonham, Tx native was asked about his seemingly smooth transition made from the diamond to the press box. Both Haskins and Morgan are Hall of Famers in their respective sports. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

We’ll present more “LennyMoonBriefs” on future posts on this site https://www.lennymoonsports.com, so you want to stay tuned for more of the biggest sports stars of that era.

Hall of Famer Harry Carson discusses John Wooten PFHOF candidacy as contributor with Lenny Moon

By Lenny Moon

SEE VIDEO LINK ABOVE

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fritz Pollard Alliance Executive Director Harry Carson talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the 2022 PFHOF Contributor candidacy of recently retired FPA chairman, Mr John Wooten. The Riverview, Texas native was an All-American at the University of Colorado in the late 50s, prior to becoming a 60-year National Football League-“Lifer” . Wooten was an All-Pro guard (primarily for the Cleveland Browns) having blocked for three Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs in the likes of legendary Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelley. From there he landed in the Player Personnel department of the Dallas Cowboys where he was an integral part of the infamous “Herchel Walker Trade” that paved the way for America’s Team to become multiple Super Bowl champions during the 90s. Among his many other achievements and acknowledgements in the NFL, Wooten was the first chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance where he served for 25 productive years. The FPA is the entity that established the “Rooney Rule” signifying that an African American or other minority candidate must “at least” be interviewed by NFL clubs when a vacancy as head coach, front office, etc become available.

LennyMoonSports remember former MLB star fireballer J.R. Richard

By Lenny Moon

The baseball world lost one of it’s brightest stars from the 70s recently when former Houston Astros hurler James Rodney (J.R.) Richard transitioned at the age of 71 years of age. It’s been reported that the Vienna, La native passed of complications from Co-Vid 19 where he was said to be unvaccinated. Richard remained a resident of Houston during most of his post baseball career including at the time of his death.

Personally, I did not meet J.R. during his active career which spanned from 1971-1980 (all with the Astros) but crossed paths with him during his stint as a Bar-B-Q restaurant owner in Southwest Houston about a decade or so later. I went over to interview him and out walked this 6-8 gentleman wearing a smoked-filled apron. Before we got around to the business at hand, J.R. was determined that I sample his wares. In all sincerity, the product was delicious while featuring his signature homemade sauce punctuating the rich smoke-flavored entree. Once the interview unfolded, one of my vivid memories of that conversation was the overtone of bitterness with the local media who covered the Astros at the time of his on the job illness along with his former employer the Astros. From all indications, both impediments were left in the past as the big fella became more visible and active in the community and honored by his former team on several occasions; including the team’s Hall of Fame.

J.R. was selected by Houston with the 2nd pick of the 1969 MLB Draft after dominating the state of Louisiana in baseball and basketball while at Lincoln High in Ruston, La. An indication of why the hulking but versatile athlete was so coveted, he never lost a game that he started spanning his entire high school career on the mound, while slugging four homers in four at bats in a game. Additionally, the gifted student athlete received over 200 basketball scholarship offers but opted to began his professional career with the Astros. As with most fireballers, Richard struggled with control issues early in his MLB development, but like Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and others once mastered became one of the most feared pitchers on the bump of his era. In 1975 at the age of 25, the Astros were confident that he was prepared to become a part of the rotation where he posted a respectable 12-10 record with 176 K’s in 203 innings and 31 starts. That season would prove to be a prelude for the best five year stretch of any Astros hurler in team’s history.

From that juncture of his career the genie was released from the bottle. In 1976, J.R. reached the coveted 20-win plateau to go along with a paltry 2.75 ERA and completed 14 of his 39 starts. In both 1978 and 1979, Richard led the National League in KO’s with 303 and 313 respectively and a Cy Young Award candidate in each. Not only had the northern Louisiana native arrived, he was now “the guy” that hitters felt extremely uncomfortable in the batter’s box. Standing 6-8 and consistently throwing fastballs over 100 mph to go along with a slider thrown nearly as hard, added up to a recipe for disaster for N.L. hitters. As fate would have it, J.R. was enjoying his best season in 1980 earning the nod as the N.L. starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, appearing on the scene with a 10-4 record and a stingy 1.90 ERA and blowing away the competition once the game unfolded. It was shortly after his return from the All-Star break that Richard suffered the stroke while warming up at the Astrodome. Having signed a then-lucrative contract prior to the 1980 campaign, the local media turned on him, indicating that he was faking his ailment leading up to his collapse. Their take was now that he had gotten the large contract, his drive to be dominate was compromised. Even the team’s medical staff misdiagnosed his condition and understandably left a bitter taste for him for quite some time. Although he experienced some rough patches during his post career with costly failed marriages along with business investments that went south and even homeless for a spell, like the warrior that he exhibited during his career rose above those obstacles and appeared to be in a good place at the time of his transition.

The award represented in the above photo was granted during the week of Super Bowl XXXVIII here in Houston. I was chair of the selection committee that recognized local athletes from a variety of sports sponsored by the African American Ethnic Hall of Fame. Along with Clyde Drexler, Sheryl Swoopes, Donald Driver, Carol Lewis and others, J.R. was an easy choice for yours truly. If he was not fallen by his life-threatening stroke in 1980, it was crystal clear that we would preface his title with MLB Hall of Fame member J.R. Richard.

Vintage Collection (1991): NBA Legend Michael Jordan chats with Lenny Moon

By Lenny Moon

Basketball icon Michael Jordan sat down with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon back during the 1991-92 NBA campaign. The Chicago Bulls were making their only appearance in H-Town where the defending champs were preparing to take on the homestanding Houston Rockets led by Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. MJ discusses the maturation of team’s 1987 Draft mates Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. Led by Jordan, the Bulls would go on to win three consecutive NBA Finals (1991, 92 & 93). Houston would win two straight (1994 & 95) before MJ’s complete return to the NBA where he spearheaded the Chi-Town contingent to a second three consecutive titles (1996, 97 & 98).

LennyMoonSports Videos of the Week “John Wooten- 60 yr NFL Vet (Player & Exec) Looms as a PFHOF Candidate/ Contributor”

By Lenny Moon

Recently retired Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance John Wooten is currently a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of
Fame as a Contributor. Wooten became the first ever chair of the Alliance from its inception in 2003 when famed attorney Johnnie Cochran and esteemed legal colleague Cyrus Mehri founded the organization to partner with the National Football League to address the lack of minority opportunities in categories of head coach, front office and the like. Prior to his involvement with the FPA, Wooten was an All-Pro offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins, having blocked for Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelley. The Riverview, Tx native was also involved in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in recent memory while in the Player Personnel department of the Dallas Cowboys, when the franchise-changing Herschel Walker trade was consummated providing future draft picks that propelled America’s Team to multiple titles in the 90s, among many other NFL career achievements. Some might recall Wooten, along with Bill Russell, Brown, Mayor Carl Stokes, Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Jabbar) and others were captured on the now famous photo of lending their support to Muhammad Ali rejecting the military draft for religious reasons and threatened imprisonment by the US government in 1967.

NFL COMMISIONER ROGER GODDELL ON WOOTEN (SEE VIDEO)

NFL LEGEND JIM BROWN ON FORMER TEAMMATE AND COLLEAGUE WOOTEN WITH LENNY MOON (SEE VIDEO)

JAMES “SHACK” HARRIS-1ST BLACK NFL STARTING QB, 1974 PRO BOWL MVP, NFL EXEC, BLACK COLLEGE FB HOF FOUNDER ON WOOTEN WITH LENNY MOON (SEE VIDEO)

The “Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays turns 90

By Lenny Moon

Arguably, the greatest player the game of baseball has ever witnessed has gracefully turned 90 years of age. Born May 6, 1931, Willie Howard Mays in this author’s humble opinion was clearly the greatest five-tool master of the diamond “ever” (power, speed, arm, defense and hit for average). The only argument should be who was second, third etc. If the criteria is the greatest impact on “America’s Pastime” then the argument shifts into perhaps Jackie Robinson or Babe Ruth. But none yet born has been able to impact the game between the lines in as many ways as the Birmingham, Al native, whose career spanned from 1951-73.

Widely known for his power, the San Francisco Giants legend is currently sixth on the all-time home run list with 660 round trippers, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Alex Rodriguez (696) and still active Albert Pujois (667). Let’s delve into the aforementioned sluggers ahead of Mays. Three of the five ahead of “The Say Hey Kid” performed in the steroid era to go along with the “watered down” pitching  staffs in more contemporary times. The exception on the list is of course  Aaron who was Mays’ contemporary and actually  a Negro Leagues product as well. Mays played for the Birmingham Barons (1948-50) before being signed by the New York Giants in 1951. “The Hammer” played for the Indianapolis Clowns (1952) prior to being signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 (Robinson integrated the big leagues in 1947 when signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers). Another variable is that the Mays/Aaron era was matched with some of the most impressive pitchers in any era of MLB.

During the “Say Hey Kid’s” regime, hurlers such as Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Whitey Ford, Fergie Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn among others are all represented in Cooperstown as hall of famers. The ballparks were much larger making it more challenging to knock one out of the park. With the continued expansion of MLB franchises, a pitcher who would have otherwise labored in AA or AAA level competition were now major leaguers in the modern game. As for Babe Ruth, an asterisk would be in order in that he did not compete during the integrated segment of the game’s history obviously no fault of his own doing. The Babe will and should be credited with introducing the long ball to the game and was the first to post 60 home runs in a single season. Back to the versatility of Mays, that’s just the power segment of the five-tool star’s skill set.

Defensively, no one tracked balls hit into the alleys of MLB ballparks better than Mr Mays. Perhaps the most widely played catch by any outfielder transpired during the 1954 World Series when the Giants were pitted against Cleveland in the cavernous Polo Grounds in New York. On a full sprint while heading toward the wall and back to the infield, Mays snared the clout by the Indians Vic Wertz and in one motion uncorked an accurate throw into second base to prohibit the runners from advancing. He was later quoted as saying that the play was nothing special indicating that was fairly routine by his standards but magnified because it was the World Series. His patented “basket catch” was a style that he incorporated to insure that the ball would remain playable as long as he “kept the play (and the ball) in front of him” as only he could explain.

All told, there simply has not been a more complete player I the history of the league than Willie Mays. If the situation called for it, he proved that he could steal bases as he led the National League in four consecutive seasons, earned a record 12 Gold Gloves, finished with 3283 hits, 2062 runs, 1903 runs batted in and wrapped up his incredible career with a .302 batting average. Mays was selected to 24 All-Star Games, was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team among many, many other accolades. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re living in the midst of the greatest baseball player who ever lived and LennyMoonSports would like to take this opportunity to wish the “Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays” a Happy 90th and continue to shine as royalty to America’s Pastime.

NFL commissioner Roger Godell comments on pioneer John Wooten

“LennyMoonSports Video of the Week”

By Lenny Moon

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell comments about the career accomplishments of John Wooten at the recent Fritz Pollard Alliance’s annual “Johnnie Cochran Salute to Excellence” event back on March 16 2021. Goodell was one of the speakers at the event and took the opportunity to acknowledge some of the many, many milestones connected to the recently retired Chairman of the FPA. Wooten, who has been affiliated with the NFL in some capacity for over six decades, is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a “Contributor” (see video below)