Grambling Legends enshrinement Saturday to induct 14 GSU sports heroes

A mid-summer tradition returns Saturday night with the Grambling Legends ceremony honoring 14 of the most significant figures in GSU sports history.

It will be a virtual ceremony, not the traditional July event that was held annually before the pandemic. Grambling Legends, Inc., president Howard Davis and Grambling Legends Hall of Fame director Dr. Ruby D. Higgins cited “an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic” in making that decision in March.

The pandemic postponed the 2020 induction, resulting in two seven-member classes being honored this year.

The Grambling Legends Class of 2020 includes Vergie Broussard (contributor), Andrew Glover (football), Albert Hartwell (basketball), John Jeter (baseball), Michael Moore (football), Carlos Pennywell (football), and Daniel Washington (contributor).

The Class of 2021 is spotlighting Robert Barber (football), O.K. “Buddy” Davis (contributor), Lee Fobbs (football), Dwight Scales (football), Wilmer Sigler (baseball), Kenneth Simpson (basketball) and Willie Williams (football).

The event will be streamed over Zoom and will include all of the normal elements of a Grambling Legends ceremony, except an in-person gathering and a meal. Access to the Zoom link and more information on the event is available by contacting Dr. Higgins at rubydhiggins@yahoo.com.

Among the Class of 2020, Glover and Pennywell played pro football, Jeter was a Major League Baseball veteran, and Hartwell had a career in the NBA. Moore was a standout tight end for the Tigers, while Broussard was a dancer, writer and coach, and Washington played football before serving as athletic trainer for more than 40 years.

In the 2021 Legends class, Barber, Fobbs, Scales and Williams all played pro football, with Fobbs then becoming an impactful coach at Grambling and elsewhere. Simpson was a basketball All-American for the Tigers who became a superstar in the European pro circuit. Sigler was a four-year All-SWAC baseball standout for “Prez” R.W.E. Jones from 1960-63.

Davis was the iconic sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader for 55 years and pioneered mainstream media coverage of Grambling athletics. He “championed the cause of Grambling sports when it was not popular,” said the Grambling Legends announcement earlier this year.

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