Former HBCU Football Players Joining the NFL

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In the past year, we have seen most HBCU football programs on a halt due to COVID-19, however, there were several HBCU alum that had the opportunity to play at the professional level in 2020. According to HBCU Game Day, as of September 2020, there were 29 players from HBCUS on active player rosters in the NFL. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is the top conference with the most players with a total of 13 players. The Southwestern Athletic Conference is not too far behind with eight players currently in the league. Of course you are wondering which HBCU specifically has the most players? The answer is, South Carolina State! SCSU has a total six alum in the NFL meanwhile North Carolina A&T has four former aggies. Additionally, there are two Division II players in the NFL from the SIAC and CIAA conferences.

In 2019, a total of 32 players from HBCUs were on active rosters and played on teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, and more. 

Some HBCU football programs have been known for producing the greatest NFL players of all time. Players such as Jerry Rice, who is a three-time superbowl champion, attended Mississippi Valley State University. Hall of famers, Waltern Payton and Lem Barney, both played for Jackson State University.  

We cannot wait to see more HBCU football players join the professional league in the upcoming years as more and more athletes continue to choose historical Black colleges and universities for their collegiate experience.



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