3 HBCU coaches, players and teams that changed football forever

The influence of these HBCU players, coaches and teams has forever shaped football.

HBCU football has had a significant influence not only on college football, but also on professional games. Before predominantly white colleges allowed black students to register and play sports, the NFL, NBA, and MLB found their talent in the ranks of HBCU.

Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State have produced what many consider to be the two greatest soccer players in the history of the sport, Walter Payton and Jerry Rice respectively. Both players have FCS awards in their names.

It wasn’t just the players that influenced the game; HBCU football has had its fair share of legendary, influential coaches. Like Alonzo Smith “Jake” Gaither who coached the Florida A&M Rattlers for 25 years. Gaither came up with the “Split T” offense in 1963, and many other colleges copied it.

Gaither also has many famous white trainers who teach at his clinics. Darrell Royal, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Adolph Rupp are the coaches who will staff his clinic. He also coached the Rattlers in the south’s first game between an HBCU and a white school when they played Tampa in 1969.

This is another coach, player and team that has left a lasting impression on the game.

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John Verrall

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