Eight outstanding NFL alumni from distinguished schools comprise the 2023 Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) Class that was announced late last week.

Your fellow NFL alums will be recognized as a group at the HBCU Legacy Bowl on February 23 in New Orleans. The formal Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for June 10, 2023 in Atlanta.

The seven new BCFHOF player-inductees are:

  • CB Leslie Frazier (Alcorn State, 1978-80) won a Super Bowl XX ring with the Bears in the 1985 season. He began a coaching career in 1999 with the Eagles and currently is the Bills defensive coordinator.
  • T Henry Lawrence (Florida A&M, 1971-73) was a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Raiders during a 13-year NFL career with that one club.
  • CB Albert Lewis (Grambling State, 1972-75) was a third-round draft choice of the Chiefs in 1983.He later became a four-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
  • CB Jim Marsalis (Tennessee State, 1965-68) was a member of the Chiefs’ winning Super Bowl IV team. He was the team’s number one draft choice in 1969.
  • G Tyrone McGriff (Florida A&M, 1976-79) played three seasons with the Steelers after being drafted on the 12th round in 1980. He died in 2000 at age 42.
  • RB Elijah Pitts (Philander Smith, 1958-60) was drafted by the Packers and became special teams captain under Coach Vince Lombardi. A two-time Super Bowl champion, he is in the Packers Hall of Fame. He had an outstanding NFL coaching career but died in 1998 at age 60.
  • QB Johnnie Walton (Elizabeth City State, 1965-68) played with the Eagles from 1976-79. The versatile Walton also played in three other leagues during a 15-year pro football career.

HBCU Coach Pete Richardson also is a 2023 inductee in the coaching category based on his 169-76-1 winning record at Winston-Salem and Southern. However, he also is one of “us”. Prior to coaching, Coach Pete was a sixth-round pick of the Bills as a defensive back and played three seasons (1969-71) in Buffalo.

“This class is another representation of the immense football talent that has played and coached at historically black colleges and universities,” says BCFHOF co-founder and Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams. “We are proud of all these men.”

We at NFL Alumni also are proud of these individuals and congratulate them (and their families). We look forward to attending the formal BCFHOF induction ceremony this June in Atlanta.