Albert Lewis, Jake Reed and Sammy White were among the 29 selected on Wednesday as finalists for the induction into the Class of 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame.
“Congratulations to each of the Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Finalists on this achievement,” said James “Shack” Harris, BCFHOF Co-Chairman and 2012 Inductee. “Each finalist had a career that represents the very best of Black College Football.”
The finalists were selected from a field of over 200 nominees by an 11-member selection committee composed of prominent journalists, commentators, historians, former NFL general managers and football executives.
Lewis, who played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, played under Eddie Robinson from 1979-1982. He was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft (Pick 61) by Kansas City, where he was a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time First Team All-Pro and is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.
Reed, who played from 1987-1990 under Robinson, was selected in the third round (Pick 68) by the Minnesota Vikings. He had four 1,000-yard seasons as a wide receiver, with a career-high 85 receptions in 1994. Reed played 11 seasons, splitting time between Minnesota and New Orleans. He amassed 450 receptions for 6,999 yards and 36 touchdowns.
White, who played under Robinson, was drafted in the second round (Pick 54) by Minnesota and spent 10 seasons as wide receiver with the Vikings. He was a First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) selection in 1973 and 1975. During his senior season, White caught 37 passes for 802 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 1976, he was selected the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. White was a three-time All-Pro and named to two Pro Bowls. In addition, he is one of the 50th Greatest Vikings and part of the Minnesota Vikings 25th Anniversary Team.
“The job of picking the finalist for selection to the Black College Football Hall of Fame becomes increasingly difficult each year because everyone on the list is so deserving,” said Committee Chairman Charlie Neal. “The selection committee has again come through with flying colors and we congratulate those who have made great contributions to the game.”
This year’s inductees will be announced on December 28. They will be honored during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Atlanta. For more information on the Black College Football Hall of Fame and the Class of 2022 Finalist, visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.
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