Steelers’ Bill Nunn gains his due, joining Donnie Shell and other HBCU players in Pro Football Hall of Fame

PHOTO: Bill Nunn with the Pittsburgh dynasty's four Super Bowl trophies from the 1974 (IX), 1975 (X), 1978 (XIII) and 1979 (XIV) seasons. I interviewed Donnie Shell on the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2015 for my former website. Since then, Shell (2020) and Bill Nunn have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2021). Shell’s quotes on playing at an HBCU and Nunn finding him are still good for a story in 2021.…

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Duffy’s first Underground Railroad passenger on America through football and education

This story has been reposted from Dec. 9, 2014. Clifton Roaf passed away in 2017 at age 76. By TOM SHANAHAN Clifton Roaf's life spans the best and worst America has to offer. He grew up in the segregated South in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a teenager at all-Black Merrill High when historic Civil Rights events unfolded in 1957 at nearby Little Rock. President Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to Central High to enforce desegregation, escorting for…

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West Point votes West into elite San Diego club

San Diego high school football’s vast talent pool has formed over the years select clubs at the next levels. The four Heisman Trophy winners have been the most recognized, Marcus Allen, Lincoln and USC; the late Rashaan Salaam, La Jolla Country Day and Colorado; Ricky Williams, Patrick Henry and Texas; and Reggie Bush, Helix and USC. Bush had to return his trophy for NCAA violations, but three or four trophies, one word still applies. Exclusive. Another club is…

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