January 29, 2002 Richard (Dick) “Night Train” Lane, hall of fame football player, died. Lane was born April 16, 1928 in Austin, Texas. He made his professional football debut with the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive back in 1952. In his rookie season, he set the NFL single season record for interceptions with 14 [...]
February 15, 1964 Leland Devon Melvin, engineer and NASA astronaut, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. Melvin attended the University of Richmond on a football scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1985.
September 8, 1945 Lemuel Joseph “Lem” Barney, hall of fame football player, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. Barney played college football at Jackson State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in health and science in 1967. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1967 NFL Draft and that year was named NFL [...]
August 25, 1946 Charles Alvin Sanders, hall of fame football player, was born in Richlands, North Carolina. Sanders played college football at the University of Minnesota and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1968 NFL Draft. Over his 10 season professional career, Sanders was a seven-time All-Pro selection. Sanders retired after the 1977 [...]
April 28, 2008 Will Robinson, the first African American head basketball coach at a Division I college, died. Robinson was born June 3, 1911 in Wadesboro, North Carolina. As a high school student, he finished second in the state golf tournament despite not being allowed on the course with the white players. Robinson lettered in [...]
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