March 16, 1956 Ozzie Newsome, Jr., hall of fame football player, was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Newsome played college football at the University of Alabama and was an All-American in 1977. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration in 1978. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1978 NFL Draft and […]
March 10, 1965 Roderick Kevin “Rod” Woodson, hall of fame football player, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Woodson played college football at Purdue University and was an All-American in 1985 and 1986. He also was twice awarded All-America honors in track and field.
December 14, 1983 Johnny D. Bright, hall of fame Canadian Football League player, died. Bright was born June 11, 1930 in Fort Wayne Indiana. He played college football at Drake University where he led the nation in total offense in 1949 and 1950. On October 20, 1951 in a game against Oklahoma State University, Bright […]
December 5, 1957 James Arthur “Art” Monk, hall of fame football player, was born in White Plains, New York. Monk played college football for Syracuse University from 1976 to 1979 and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Monk was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 1980 NFL Draft.
November 28, 1961 Ernest Davis became the first African American to be awarded the Heisman Trophy as college football’s top player of the year. Davis was born December 14, 1939 in New Salem, Pennsylvania, but raised in Elmira, New York. He attended Syracuse University where he was a running back from 1959 to 1961, winning […]
November 20, 1957 Dwight Eugene Stephenson, hall of fame football player, was born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Stephenson played college football at the University of Alabama where he was an All-American. Coach Bear Bryant called Stephenson the best player he had ever coached, regardless of position. Stephenson was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the […]
November 5, 1957 Kellen Boswell Winslow, hall of fame football player, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Winslow played college football at the University of Missouri and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in counseling psychology. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 1979 NFL Draft and over his nine season professional […]
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