When Robert “Dr Doom” Brazile was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame recently in Canton Ohio, he became the 30th player from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), the 15th from the Southwestern Conference (SWAC) and the 4th from Jackson State University. Additionally, when “Dr Doom” donned the coveted gold jacket from his presenter (his father 86 year old Robert Brazile Sr) he became the first Black College Football Hall of Fame member to become a member of the PFHOF.
Although considered by many to be one of the best ever at his position, Brazile had been eligible since 1990. Having assisted Brazile in this effort the past two plus years, the 2018 PFHOF class member had clearly conveyed throughout that he strongly desired his aging parents to have an opportunity to witness his journey into immortality. Although his mother Mrs Ola Mae had incurred a foot injury just days before the trip to Canton, she was still present and was assisted by a wheelchair. As she was quoted as saying “doctor cut my foot off if you have to, but no way am I’m going to miss this trip”. The senior Robert Brazile was his son’s presenter which made the journey complete.