The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) today announced its 2022 Class and the new group includes four outstanding NFL alumni from distinguished schools.
Your fellow NFL alumni who will be inducted this June into the BCFHOF are:
–TE Ben Coates from Livingstone College
–WR Donald Driver from Alcorn State
–G Nate Newton from Florida A&M
–WR Sammy White from Grambling State
Ben Coates, who was a fifth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 1991, enjoyed a 10-year NFL career. He was with the Patriots until 1999 before playing his final season with the Ravens in 2000. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl XXXV Champion. Donald Driver also enjoyed a long (1999-2012) NFL career with the Packers who drafted him on the seventh round in 1999. He was on the winning Super Bowl Champion XLV team and is in the Packers Hall of Fame. Nate Newton was not drafted by the NFL when he first turned professional. His NFL career was spent with the Cowboys (1986-98) and Panthers (1999). Newton was a three-time Super Bowl Champion and six-time Pro Bowl guard in Dallas. Finally, Sammy White was picked on the second round of the 1976 Draft by the Vikings and spent his entire 11-year (1976-86) career in Minnesota. He was voted All-Pro three consecutive seasons (1976-78).
The 2022 BCFHOF Class also includes three members who are deceased. Coach Billy Nicks spent 36 seasons on the staffs at his alma mater Morris Brown (!930-42) and Prairie View A&M (1945-65). His overall record at those two schools was 192-60-21. The late John (Big Train) Moody, who also starred (1939-41) for Morris Brown College, never played in the NFL. The final member of the 2022 Class is journalist Roscoe Nance who covered HBCU football through four decades (1978-2007).
The new Class will be inducted on Saturday, June 18 in Atlanta. We at NFL Alumni congratulate these men (and their families) and look forward to attending their formal enshrinement ceremony.