Since being established in 1901, now Grambling State University has produced many legends on the football field as well as other sports that will forever be remembered in history.
The outstanding former mid 1970s GSU quarterback, Doug Williams, made history by becoming the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game as well as the first to win the MVP awards. After his quarterback career at GSU he played on the professional level with teams such as the Buccaneers and Redskins until 1989 when he began his role as head coach at Morehouse and his alma mater.
Williams’s leadership and amazing efforts on and off the field has opened the doors for many Black quarterbacks. He is now working in the head office for the Washington Redskins.
Recently traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the Washington Redskins, Jason Hatcher attended Grambling State University where he majored in physical education. As a senior Hatcher recorded over 65 tackles and was crowned an All SWAC selection and also assisted his team in winning the conference title with an undefeated
record of 9-0 and Co-Black College Football National championship. Hatcher will return to Grambling State to serve as a guest speaker for the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council Conference.
A native of Jonesboro, Louisiana Bob Hopkins was a star of both baseball and basketball at Jonesboro high school where he started his legendary journey. Hopkins was then helped recruited by his cousin Collie J Nicholson at Grambling State University where he played under the legendary Eddie G. Robinson, who served as the coach of both basketball and football.
Hopkins led the GSU tigers to two Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and was twice named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American. He averages 29.8 points and 17 rebounds at Grambling. Hopkins was also giving the nickname “li’l Abner” in a press by Nicholson because he scored the second most points (3,759) in college basketball history.
After playing at GSU, Hopkins joined the NBA for four seasons with the Syracuse Nationals from 1956-1960. After a knee injury ended his career, he then became a coach at Prairie View A&M University, Alcorn Sate University (both in Texas) and Xavier University of Louisiana.