Cargo, Johnson recognized as Academic Leaders
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Grambling State University junior defensive back Percy Cargo, Jr., received one of two United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Awards during Friday’s Bayou Classic Coaches Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. Southern’s Danny Johnson received the other award.
Before the big battle on the field on Saturday, Grambling State and Southern football teams, administrators and supporters gathered for the 44th Annual Bayou Classic Coaches’ Luncheon. The leadership awards recognize players that display some of the same qualities of the Marine Corps: integrity, decisiveness and dependability.
Cargo, who is the son of Yvonne and Percy Cargo, Sr., grew to be a decorated student-athlete at Donaldsonville High School where he lettered on the track and field team his freshman year. He played on the football team all four years and earned several accolades, including first-team all-academic honors each of his four seasons, first-team all-district linebacker honors after his sophomore season and first-team all-district defensive back honors his junior and senior years.
Cargo graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and was offered a full football scholarship to Grambling State to play for head coach Broderick Fobbs and the G-Men.
Since starting school at Grambling during the summer of 2015, Cargo has been a model student-athlete both on and off the field. Currently bosting a 3.76 GPA as a business management major, Cargo has played a major role in the success of the Tigers’ defense at the safety position.
Off the field, Cargo has made the President’s list three times and the Dean’s list once. For his successes on the field, Cargo was named to the 2017 All-SWAC Preseason Second Team as a defensive back.
This season, Cargo is fifth on the team in tackles, with 39. He has 28 solo stops and 3.0 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards. Also, Cargo has two pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery.
With an expected graduation date of December 2018, Cargo has aspirations to further his academic career by obtaining his master’s degree in economics and then becoming a business owner of a recreation center, transportation business or barbershop.
Mary Currie, a Grambling State alum, and Harold Carmichael, of Southern, received the alumni honors at the luncheon.
Currie, a proud native of Dubach, Louisiana, helped to elevate the Grambling State women’s basketball team into a SWAC powerhouse during the mid-1980s. She finished her career at Grambling with 2,256 points and 905 rebounds, averaging 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds between 1983 and 1987.
A prolific shooter, Currie once scored 52 points in a single game for Grambling. She would become the first female player to score more than 2,000 points in a career at GSU, and to date, that record still stands. For her career, she averaged 51.9 percent from the field and 74.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Currie received several athletic honors during her stellar career, including two all-tournament awards, All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and SWAC Player of the Week honors and the team’s Most Valuable Player award. She also led the SWAC in rebounding. As a senior, she was named a Black College Sports Information Directors Association First-Team All-American.
Currie embodied what it meant to be a student-athlete. She graduated valedictorian of Dubach High School in 1983. She was an honor student at Grambling State who took advantage of internship opportunities through the Office of Career Services. She was hired to intern at IBM in Dallas, Texas and Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and was initiated into the Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. in the spring of 1987.
She was just 12 hours away from completing her MBA at Texas Southern University. Currie was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s at the age of 30. At the time of her diagnosis, Currie was employed at Johnson’s Space Center in Houston, Texas as a Software Engineer. She battled the disease for four years before her untimely death at 34 in 2000.
Kick-off for the 44th Annual Bayou Classic between Grambling State and Southern is set for 4 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network.