Thousands of Alabama A&M University Bulldog fans received a special honor while watching Super Bowl LI, as AAMU’s own John Stallworth (r, with President Andrew Hugine, Jr.) received paid tribute for his contributions on the gridiron as part of the Pro Football Hall of Famers who attended historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
At the massive game in Houston, Tex., February 5, the National Football League (NFL) continued the tradition of recognizing the players, culminating with an on-field, pregame ceremony at NRG Stadium.
The NFL invited AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., to be present to witness the event and to share in Stallworth’s and the other players’ many accolades. VIDEO
Ten percent of the players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are from HBCUs, a fact Hugine calls “a great accomplishment,” given their overall percentage in the League.
Stallworth has been an inspiration to thousands of Americans for decades. He is revered as one who consistently leads by example; who thinks out-of-the-box; and who possesses a humble spirit despite having the world at his feet.
Having secured his formal education in the public schools of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Stallworth (r, with First Lady Abbiegail Hugine) enrolled at Alabama A&M University, where he became one of its most beloved Bulldogs. He then evolved into a formidable and unforgettable force among the Pittsburgh Steelers and later transformed himself in the business world as a respected entrepreneur.
Stallworth no doubt continues to pass on the inspiration he once received from mentors like the legendary Louis Crews, a man who—despite limited means—left his mark on younger men throughout the United States. See VIDEO