Rank 'Em: Best athletes from HBCUs

Created: January 19, 2011, 1:24 PM

Is "Sweetness" the best athlete to attend a HBCU?

From baseball greats like Lou Brock (Southern) to Packers all-time leader in receptions Donald Driver (Alcorn State), historically black colleges and universities have contributed a great deal to the world of sports.

Both Jerry Rice and Walter Payton, voted No. 1 and No. 5 respectively on The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, attended historically black colleges and universities and went on to become College Football, Pro Football and Black College Football Hall of Famers. Women like Althea Gibson and Alice Coachman will forever be known as "the firsts," the first African-American women to win a tennis Grand Slam and Olympic gold (track and field), respectively.

In the spirit of Black History Month, SportsNation asks who is the best athlete from one of the HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities)?

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You must rank FIVE athletes to cast your ballot.


 
 
  • Southern University
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (1989)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2011)
  • Southern University
    MLB Hall of Famer (1985)
  • South Carolina State
    - College Football Hall of Famer (2002)
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (2006)
  • Tuskegee Institute
    First black woman to win Olympic gold (1948)
  • Florida A&M
    International Tennis Hall of Famer (1971)
  • Florida A&M
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (2009)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2011)
  • Southern University
    NCAA single-season record holder for assist per game (13.3)
  • South Carolina State
    Mississippi Valley State
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (1980)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2010)
  • Alcorn State
    - Walter Payton Award winner (1994)
    - FCS record holder for career (16,823) and single season (5,799) yards
    - Four-time SWAC Offensive POY (1991-94)
  • Winston-Salem State
    - Division II POY (1967)
    - NBA Hall of Famer (1990)
    - NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Jackson State
    - Two-time Black College POY (1973-74)
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (1993)
    - College Football Hall of Famer (1996)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2010)
  • Mississippi Valley State
    - College Football Hall of Famer (2006)
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (2010)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2010)
  • Tennessee State
    USATF Hall of Famer (1974)
  • Grambling State
    - Super Bowl XXII MVP
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2011)
    - College Football Hall of Famer (2001)
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore
    - Pro Football Hall of Famer (1989)
    - Black College Football Hall of Famer (2011)

 



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