With the upcoming additions of Southern’s Harold Carmichael, South Carolina State’s Donnie Shell, and Texas Southern’s Winston Hill, the number of former NFL players with HBCU ties in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will increase to 34 among 17 different HBCUs.

Here’s the breakdown:


Grambling (4): Willie Brown, Buck Buchanan, Willie Davis, Charlie Joiner

Jackson State (4): Lem Barney, Robert Brazile, Walter Payton, Jackie Slater

Morgan State (4): Roosevelt Brown, Len Ford, Leroy Kelly, Willie Lanier

South Carolina State (4): Harry Carson, Deacon Jones, Marion Motley, Donnie Shell

Southern (3): Mel Blount; Harold Carmichael; Aeneas Williams

Mississippi Vocational/Mississippi Valley State (2): Deacon Jones, Jerry Rice

Tennessee State (2): Richard Dent, Claude Humphrey

Texas Southern (2): Michael Strahan, Winston Hill

Alabama A&M (1): John Stallworth

Bethune-Cookman (1): Larry Little

Bishop (1): Emmitt Thomas

Florida A&M (1): Bob Hayes

Fort Valley State (1): Rayfield Wright

Maryland St./Maryland-Eastern Shore (1): Art Shell

North Carolina A&T (1): Elvin Bethea

Prairie View A&M (1): Ken Houston

Savannah State (1): Shannon Sharpe

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