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NFL Begins Partnership with MEAC and SWAC Conferences

The National Football League joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend to kick off their enhanced partnership. The initiative –  Strength of HBCUs, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948 –  will celebrate and honor the history and impact HBCUs and their players have had on the game, and work to increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

The celebration of the legacy and impact of HBCUs and their players will continue at Super Bowl LI in Houston, the NFL announced yesterday. The NFL will carry on the tradition of honoring Legends and historic players at the Super Bowl by recognizing Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCUs, including Jerry RiceMichael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. The celebration will culminate with an on-field, pregame ceremony with these players at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 5.

“The HBCU influence on the NFL goes beyond the evolution of the game and reaches deep into the very fabric of football, and we are honored to celebrate their achievements at Super Bowl LI in Houston”, said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “Our partnership with the HBCUs is an important initiative which celebrates the tremendous legacy fostered by these institutions that continue to contribute a standard of excellence and character for our game”.

Below is a list of the 29 Pro Football Hall of Fame members who will be recognized at Super Bowl LI. In addition to the Hall of Fame players, NFL Legends and former Grambling State players, Doug Williams and the late Paul “Tank” Younger, will be honored in Houston for their legendary achievements and profound impact on the game.

LEM BARNEY Jackson State
ELVIN BETHEA North Carolina A&T
MEL BLOUNT Southern University
ROOSEVELT BROWN Morgan State
WILLIE BROWN Grambling State
BUCK BUCHANAN Grambling State
HARRY CARSON South Carolina State
WILLIE DAVIS Grambling State
RICHARD DENT Tennessee State
BOB HAYES Florida A&M
CLAUDE HUMPHREY Tennessee State
LEN FORD Morgan State
BOB HAYES Florida A&M
KEN HOUSTON Prairie View A&M
CHARLIE JOINER Grambling State
DEACON JONES Mississippi Valley State
LEROY KELLY Morgan State
WILLIE LANIER Morgan State
LARRY LITTLE Bethune Cookman
WALTER PAYTON Jackson State
JERRY RICE Mississippi Valley State
SHANNON SHARPE Savannah State
ART SHELL University of Maryland Eastern Shore
JACKIE SLATER Jackson State
JOHN STALLWORTH Alabama A&M
MICHAEL STRAHAN Texas Southern
EMMITT THOMAS Bishop
AENEAS WILLIAMS Southern University
RAYFIELD WRIGHT Fort Valley State

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