The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its Class of 2017, and six inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee.
The Class of 2017 includes Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (Grambling State) and Isiah “Butch” Robertson (Southern), a pair of SWAC legends who went on to great success in the NFL.
Filling the rest of the 2017 class were Parnell “Paydirt” Dickinson (Mississippi Valley State), Harold “Sunny” Jackson (Jackson State) as player inductees and Billy Joe (Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles College) as a coach. Jackson is a Hattiesburg native.
Johnson played defensive line for Grambling State University (1971-1974) before his dozen NFL seasons. He was an All-Rookie selection who played in four Pro Bowls, earned All-Pro recognition twice and won a Super Bowl ring with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers. He passed away in 2010.
Robertson starred at Southern from 1967-1970 before going on to play linebacker for 12 years in the NFL, winning rookie of the year honors, going to six Pro Bowls and earning All-Pro recognition four times.
The Inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17.