The Black College Football Hall of Fame has announced its new 11-member Class for 2011 — a group that includes four-time NFL champion Mel Blount, new College Football Hall of Famer Willie Jeffries and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, among others.
The entire class, unveiled on Thursday, features Lem Barney (Jackson State defensive back, 1963-66); Blount (Southern defensive back, 1966-70); Roosevelt Brown (Morgan State offensive lineman, 1949-52); Willie Davis (Grambling defensive lineman, 1952-56); Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes (Florida A&M wide receiver, running back, kick returner, 1960-64); Joe Kendall (Kentucky State quarterback, 1934-36); Art Shell (University of Maryland-Eastern Shore offensive lineman, 1964-67); Williams (Grambling quarterback, 1974-77); Earl Banks (Morgan State head coach, 1960-73); Jeffries (South Carolina State head coach, 1973-78 and 1989-2001); and Collie J. Nicholson (Grambling sports information director, 1948-78).
Hayes won an Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters and later played for the Dallas Cowboys. Davis was a member of the Lombardi-era championship Green Bay Packers. Shell was later famous as a player and coach of the Oakland Raiders.
The newest members were selected from a list of 35 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football Hall of Fame selection committee comprised of journalists and former football executives from around the country. The committee includes Ernie Accorsi, Charles Bailey, Gil Brandt, Charles Garcia, Donald Hunt, Mike Hurd, Roscoe Nance, Ty Miller, Charlie Neal, and Lloyd Vance.
Deacon Jones and Bill Nunn, who were inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2010, also took part in selecting the final 11 for induction.