Sports website HBCU Sports Online have drafted up a list of who they think are the 25 Greatest HBCU Players of the Modern Era and none other than Mississippi Valley State University alum and Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice topped the list. While at MVSU Rice was a three time All-SWAC conference player and set all-time SWAC receiving records with 310 career catches and remains the Delta Devils’ only 1st round draft pick into the NFL.,
He tops a list that featured a plethora of familiar names including Super Bowl players and champions Steve McNair (Alcorn State University), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern), Greg Lloyd (Fort Valley State), Walter Payton (Jackson State) and recent NFL Hall of Fame inductees Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State University) and Richard Dent (Tennessee State University).
The list was comprised by sports writers and HBCU sports information directors across the country. Of course with any list, there was plenty of debate in the comments section. A couple of people felt that many players were slighted because they did not have great professional careers.
“I knew it. This a PRO survey,” said commenter Anntony L. Pace. “No Earl Harvey? No Richard Huntley? You’ve GOT to be kidding me!”
You can check out the rest of the list HERE to see if any of your favorite players or schools were represented.