15th Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame set to Induct Class of 2024

By Lenny Moon

The Black College Football Hall of Fame will once again commence in Atlanta, Ga on June 8th to induct their latest contingent of exceptional contributors evolving from the Historically Black College and University experience. Listed below (alphabetically) are the current selections to be inducted at the College Football Hall of Fame event in downtown ATL.

Joe “747” Adams- QB Tennessee State University- (1977-1980)

This rifle-armed signal caller ranks second on the school’s all-time passing chart with 8,653 yards and 75 touchdowns in an era that predated the empty backfields and other pass first oriented offenses of more contemporary times. With Adams at the helm as the Tigers starting signal caller, TSU amassed an impressive 25-7 record. Although drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1981 NFL Draft, the Gulfport, Ms native spent the majority of his pro football career in the Canadian Football League with Saskatchewan, Toronto and Ottawa respectively.

Antoine Bethea- CB Howard University- (2002-2005)

Bethea enjoyed a 14-year NFL career that began with the Indianapolis Colts (2006-13), who drafted him in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and later with stops at the San Francisco 49ers (2014-16) and the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18) before sealing his pro career with the New York Giants (2019). The 3-time Pro Bowler earned a Super Bowl ring while with the Colts (SB XLI) when his Indianapolis team defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17. The Howard University alum earned 1st team All-American his senior campaign while performing in the Mideastern Athletic Conference.

Waymond Bryant- LB Tennessee State University- (1970-73)

Selected with the 4th pick of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Waymond Bryant was a key cog in one of the best defensive units in the country of that era at Tennessee State University. During Bryant’s four years at the Nashville, Tn institution, Tennessee State compiled an astonishing 40-2 record, including two undefeated campaigns. Symbolic of their dominance, future NFL star defensive lineman Ed “Too Tall” Jones was part of that same 1974 NFL Draft class being selected with the number one pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant played all four of his NFL seasons with Chicago.

Kevin Dent-DB Jackson State University- (1985-88)

Vicksburg, Ms native Kevin Dent’s decision to remain near home to connect with an institution of higher learning proved fruitful when he enrolled at nearby Jackson State University as a student-athlete in 1985. While there under the tutelage of head coach W.C. Gordon, Dent evolved as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. The two-time SWAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year also became the first JSU gridder in their storied football history to become a 3-time All-American. Additionally, Dent pilfered 21 interceptions and was earlier inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Richard Huntley- RB Winston-Salem University (1992-95)

From the time that Monroe, North Carolina native Richard Earl Huntley arrived at Winston-Salem University he immediately hit the ground running (literally and figuratively) he never looked back. Huntley rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons for the Rams and finished second on the all-time NCAA ball-carrier list with a whopping 6,286 yards (1,572 yds avg/ per season). He closed out his WSSU career as the CIAA’s career leader in scoring with 372 points and 62 TDs (15.5 touchdowns per season). Huntley was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 and would also include Pittsburgh, Carolina, Buffalo and Detroit in his six year NFL career.

Coach Edward Hurt- FB Coach- Morgan State University (1929-59)

Coach Edward P. Hurt arrived on the scene at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md in 1929 and the very next season, his team won the first of 14 CIAA football championships. From 1931 thru 1938 Hurt coached the Bears to a 54-game win streak. All told while serving as the head football coach at Morgan St, he led them to 11 undefeated seasons including the 1943 season when opponents failed to score a single point against his defense. Two of his proteges became members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to no one’s surprise, both were linemen. Len Ford (Cleveland Browns) who would also play for Michigan as well as Morgan State was inducted in 1976 while Roosevelt Brown (New York Giants) entered a year earlier in 1975.

Lamar Parrish- CB Lincoln University- (1966-69)

Although he played some in the secondary at Lincoln University, Lamar Parrish was primarily known as a running back and return specialist at the Jefferson City, Mo institution. The year of 1969 was a banner one for Parrish as he averaged 16.8 yds per punt return, including a 95-yd return for a touchdown (both remain school records). The West Palm Beach, Fl native capped his senior year by earning All-American status to round out his sterling collegiate career. Lamar was converted to the secondary exclusively after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1970 NFL Draft. He would go on to be named to 8 Pro Bowls, including 3-time NFL First Team All-Pro, starring as both a special teams star (1,709 total yds) and the secondary (47 interceptions) in his 13-yr NFL career.

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