College Football Hall of Fame

Buck Buchanan, Tackle, Grambling State

Marino Casem, Coach, Alabama State; Alcorn State; Southern

Kevin Dent, Safety, Jackson State

W.C. Gorden, Coach, Jackson State

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Grambling State

John Merritt, Coach, Jackson State

Arnett "Ace" Mumford, Coach, Southern

Walter Payton, Running Back, Jackson State

Doug Porter, Coach, Mississippi Valley State

Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver, Mississippi Valley State

Willie Richardson, Wide Receiver/Safety, Jackson State

Eddie Robinson, Coach, Grambling State

Willie Totten, Quarterback, Mississippi Valley State

Doug Williams, Quarterback, Grambling State

Paul "Tank" Younger, Fullback, Grambling State

Pro Football Hall of Fame




Lem Barney, Cornerback, Jackson State

Mel Blount, Cornerback, Southern

Willie Brown, Cornerback, Grambling State

Buck Buchanan, Defensive Tackle, Grambling State

Willie Davis, Defensive End, Grambling State

Ken Houston, Strong Safety, Prairie View A&M

Charlie Joiner, Wide Receiver, Grambling State

Deacon Jones, Defensive End, Mississippi Valley State

Walter Payton, Running Back, Jackson State

Jackie Slater, Tackle, Jackson State

John Stallworth, Alabama A&M


National Baseball Hall of Fame

Lou Brock, Southern




Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Willis Reed, Grambling State







USA Track and Field Hall of Fame


Willie Davenport, Southern

Rod Milburn, Southern






SWAC Legends (Not an all-inclusive list)


Donald Driver - Alcorn State, Football

James Harris, Grambling State, Football

Ken Houston - Prairie View A&M, Football

Avery Johnson - Southern, Basketball

Robert Mathis - Alabama A&M, Football

Steve McNair - Alcorn State, Football

Willis Reed - Grambling State, Basketball

Jerry Rice - Mississippi Valley State, Football

Eddie Robinson - Alabama State, Football

Michael Strahan - Texas Southern, Football


Everson Walls - Grambling State, Football

Rickie Weeks - Southern, Baseball

Aeneas Williams - Southern, Football