JERRY BARR: Part of a 1958-59 basketball squad that won 28 games in a row before falling to Lenoir Rhyne in the NAIA finals at Kansas City, Barr netted 1,656 career points. He earned All-Midwest Conference honors during Grambling’s final season before joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference, then was NAIA All-America in 1958. Inducted into Grambling State University’s Gallery of Distinction in 1988.
GARLAND BOYETTE: Helped Grambling to its first-ever SWAC football championship in 1960, then earned first-team All-SWAC honors in 1961, as well as Little All-America honors as the Tigers won 17 games during his junior and senior seasons. An American Football League All-Star in 1968-69, Boyette played for the Houston Oilers from 1966-72, as well as NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals (1962-63), the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes (1964-65) and in the World Football League’s Houston Texans and Shreveport Steamer (1974-75). A versatile athlete, Boyette played guard, defensive end, outside linebacker, and middle linebacker. He even tried out for the 1960 Olympic U.S. decathlon team, but barely missed qualifying.
PATRICIA CAGE-BIBBS: Coached the women’s basketball team to six championships over a 13-year tenure at Grambling – including three in a four-year span that featured the first-ever undefeated season in SWAC conference play. She has added six more league titles during subsequent stops at Hampton and North Carolina A&T. Bibbs just completed a record-breaking year with A&T, where she led the Lady Aggies to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s regular-season title with a 14-2 mark, then became the first historically black college or university to make it to the Sweet 16 of a Division I postseason event — advancing to the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Bibbs was inducted into Grambling State University’s Gallery of Distinction in 2008.
ADOLPH BYRD: Served as a tackle on Grambling’s 1940s teams before becoming one of the football program’s most important talent scouts in south Louisiana. Among the players he directed to GSU were Leroy Carter, Henry Davis, Henry Dyer, and Doug and Mike Williams. A football, track and basketball coach between 1950-66 at Baton Rouge’s McKinley High, Byrd was inducted into Grambling State University’s Gallery of Distinction in 1984.