The Black College Brotherhood
Eric D. Graham | 1/13/2010, 1:25 p.m.
22 players, 12 HBCU's made it to the 2010 NFL Playoffs
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) -- I hear it all the time. I don't want to go to Winston-Salem State. I don't want to go to Howard. I don't want to go to any Black college because nobody ever goes to the pros from those schools. We at Blackathlete.com (the soul of sports), of course, know this is not true. But our children maybe ignorant to the facts.
So it's time to "each one, teach one," because there are 22 players from 12 different (HBCUs) Historical Black College and Universities playing in the NFL playoffs this season.
For instance, the Black college brotherhood runs deep in the "City of Brotherly Love" with LB Tracey White (Howard), CB Geoffrey Pope (Howard), DB Dimitri Patterson (Tuskegee) and injured C Jamal Jackson from Delaware State flying high for the Philadelphia Eagles.Not to be outdone by the Philadelphia Eagles, who have four players from HBCUs on their team, the Indianapolis Colts also have four on their roster as well. They are FS Antoine Bethea (Howard), DE Randolph Hardie (Howard), RB Chad Simpson (Morgan State) and Pro Bowl DE Robert Mathis from Alabama A&M.
The Minnesota Vikings also have three Black college ballers which include backup QB Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State), WR Jaymar Johnson (Jackson State) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Morgan State) wearing the purple and gold.
But what about them Cowboys? Shockingly, America's Team has three black college athletes. They are DB Cletis Gordon (Jackson State), DE Jason Hatcher (Grambling State) and (DE) Curtis Jackson (Clark-Atlanta).
However, we're not done yet because the Arizona Cardinals have DE Jason Banks from (Grambling), CB Greg Toler from St. Paul's College and DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from Tennessee State.
The Green Bay Packers, however may have the best black college player on their team which is WR Donald Driver from Alcorn State and let's not forget FS Nick Collins from Bethune Cookman.
And finally,we round out this Black college fraternity of NFL football players by naming the New York Jet DE Marquis Douglas (Howard) and Baltimore Ravens DB Frank Walker (Tuskegee) and DE Lamar Divens (Tennessee State).
So while you are watching the NFL playoffs this weekend, use it as a tool for recruiting future athletes as well as your children to attend an HBCU, because we are playing in the pros.
Eric D. Graham is the author and alter ego of the infamous BASN character "Bobbee Bee". An upcoming cartoonist who graduated from Winston-Salem State University, Graham is also a local sportswriter for the Warsaw-Faison Newspapers of North Carolina. Visit www.b