May 30, 1943 Gale Eugene Sayers, hall of fame football player and entrepreneur, was born in Wichita, Kansas. Sayers was a two-time All-American at the University of Kansas where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. Sayers is considered by many to have been the greatest open field runner in college football history. He was selected [...]
May 27, 1954 Jackie Ray Slater, hall of fame football player, was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Slater played college football at Jackson State University. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1976 NFL Draft and played his entire 20 season professional career with them, making him the first player to play 20 [...]
May 8, 1959 Ronald Mandel Lott, hall of fame football player, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lott player college football at the University of Southern California from 1977 to 1980 and in 1980 was a unanimous All-American. He graduated from USC in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration. Lott was [...]
March 26, 1960 Marcus LeMarr Allen, hall of fame football player, was born in San Diego, California. Allen played college football at the University of Southern California from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, he became the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. That same year, he won [...]
February 26, 1973 Marshall William Faulk, hall of fame football player, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Faulk played collegiate football at San Diego State University and was a three-time First-team All-American. He skipped his senior year and was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 NFL Draft. That year he was the NFL [...]
February 8, 2000 Derrick Vincent Thomas, hall of fame football player, died. Thomas was born January 1, 1967 in Miami, Florida. He played college football at the University of Alabama. In 1988, he was named an All-American and won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football.
November 2, 1945 Lawrence Chatmon “Larry” Little, hall of fame football player, was born in Groveland, Georgia. Little played college football at Bethune-Cookman College and was signed by the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League as a free agent in 1967.
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