Atlanta, GA (November 30th, 2023) – The anticipation for the Black College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2024 induction is at its peak as the institution unveils the 28 Finalists chosen from a remarkable pool of over 200 nominees. Comprising 23 players and five coaches, this distinguished list represents the epitome of excellence in Black College Football.
Doug Williams, Super Bowl XXII MVP and Chairman of the Hall of Fame, extended heartfelt congratulations to the Finalists, affirming that each nominee embodies the best of Black College Football. A meticulous 9-member Selection Committee, consisting of eminent journalists, commentators, historians, former NFL General Managers, and football executives, executed the rigorous selection process.
Committee Chairman Charlie Neal acknowledged the dedication and hard work of the selection committee, emphasizing the passion for preserving the history of Black College Football, which is evident in this year's group of Finalists. The revelation of the Class of 2024 is eagerly awaited and is scheduled to be announced on December 14th, 2023.
The honorees will receive their first recognition at the Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl in New Orleans on February 24th, 2024, with the pinnacle of celebration being the 15th Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. For detailed information, enthusiasts can visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.
The list of Player Finalists includes iconic figures such as Joe "747" Adams, Julius Adams, George Atkinson, and Antoine Bethea, among others. Meanwhile, Coach Finalists are comprised of seasoned mentors like Rod Broadway, Rudy Hubbard, and Eddie Hurt, each contributing significantly to the rich legacy of Black College Football.
Established in 2009 by James Harris and Doug Williams, the Black College Football Hall of Fame serves as a testament to the legacy and contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the sport. With over 100 inductees to date, including luminaries like Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell, and Doug Williams, the Hall of Fame is set to find its permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF).
As an integral part of this celebration, the Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl, presented by the Black College Football Hall of Fame, is slated to be a meaningful postseason all-star game featuring the top 100 NFL draft-eligible players from HBCUs. Scheduled for February 24, 2024, in New Orleans and broadcast live on NFL Network, the event promises to be more than just a football game, offering a week-long celebration of Black culture and history. Key partners include Allstate, the National Football League, Adidas, Patrick Mahomes and the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, The New Orleans Saints, The State of Louisiana, Riddell, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Zebra Technologies, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Follow the HBCU Legacy Bowl on social media via @HBCULegacyBowl or visit www.HBCULegacyBowl.com for further details.
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