Edward “Eddie” Gregg – Winston–Salem University
In college, Gregg was a defensive back, chosen to be a part of the All – CIAA in 1972 and 1973 and he was also a member of the 1970 championship basketball team. The dual sports collegiate star would add a third sport, professionally he became a top contender for the WBC title and a two time Golden – Gloves champ.
Oronde Benjamin “Gadzilla” Gadsden – Winston–Salem University
Another WSU grad, wide receiver Gadzilla is credited with catching Dan Marino’s final touchdown pass and garnered over 3800 yards for the Dolphins offense between 1998 and 2004.
Willie Gallamore – Florida A & M University
Chicago Bears famous head coach, Mike Ditka considers the FAMU grad one of the fastest players he’s ever seen. Gallamore was part of the 1963 NFL Superbowl champion Bears and he was also selected to be a part of FAMU’s all – century team.
Vince Coleman – FAMU
The 1985 National League rookie of the year set the record for stolen bases by a rookie with 110 and followed it up with two more seasons of baseball thievery earning 107 in ’86 and 109 in ’87. How impressive was Coleman? He is the last player to steal at least 100 bases in a season and holds the MLB record for stealing 50 straight bases without being caught.
Justin Durant – Hampton University
The current Detroit Lions linebacker holds the distinction of being the highest drafted Hampton grad in the school’s history. The Jaguars picked him up as 48th in round 2 of the 2007 draft.
Jim Ellis – Cheyney University
Portrayed by Terrence Howard in the film, Pride, Ellis was a former competitive swimmer created the PDR (Pride, Determination, Resilience) swim team, the first ever African – American swim team in Pennsylvania.
Ernie Ladd – Grambling State
Apparently, Ernest Ladd took the Grambling State mascot to heart and adopted a derivative for his own nickname – “The Big Cat.” Ladd attended GSU on a basketball scholarship and was drafted to the San Diego Chargers in 1961. Ladd would take his nickname and colorful personality and tackle the professional world as well feuding with some of the all –time greats like Wahoo McDaniel and Andre the Giant.