Former Southern cornerback Aeneas Williams was chosen Tuesday for induction into The Black College Football Hall of Fame.
The six-member Class of 2016 was chosen from a group of 25 finalists and will be inducted on Feb. 27 at the BCFHOF in Atlanta.
Also selected for induction was former Texas Southern wide receiver Ken Burrough, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft. He played one season for the Saints before being traded to the Houston Oilers, for whom he played 11 seasons.
Three other former players are in the class — defensive Jethro Pugh (Elizabeth City State), wide receiver Otis Taylor (Prairie View) and defensive back Emmitt Thomas (Bishop College). The sixth member of the class is contributor Lloyd “Judge” Wells (Kansas City Chiefs scout), who attended Texas Southern.
Williams, a native of New Orleans who played at Fortier High School, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He played at Southern in 1989-90 and played 10 seasons for the Arizona Cardinals and four seasons for the St. Louis Rams.
Voting was done by a 13-member selection committee, comprised of journalists, commentators and historians, as well as former NFL general managers and executives, and from previous BCFHOF inductees to determine the inductees.
The inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 19.
Concert will benefit Gales
Tickets are on sale to a concert to benefit injured Southern wide receiver Devon Gales, which will take place Jan. 15 at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge.
The “Groovin’ For Gales” benefit, presented by Red, Rock & Blue, will feature performances by the Michael Foster Project, U4RIA the Band and The Neighborhood Stars and all the proceeds will go to the Devon Gales Fund.
The fund is dedicated to helping the Gales family with expenses related to Devon’s recovery from spinal surgery for an injury he suffered in a game against Georgia last month.
Tickets for the fundraiser are available at www.varsitytheatre.com.
Gales’ workout inspires Jaguars
Gales continues to rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and his teammates got a look at one of his workouts.
Video of Gales rehabbing was edited into the Jaguars’ pregame video they watched Saturday morning before their game at Texas Southern.
“It was really motivation to us,” coach Dawson Odums said. “I think that’s what it’s all about — just get 1 percent better every day. I think he has taken that challenge to his rehab.”
Running back Lenard Tillery said he “cracked a smile” when he saw Gales smile when he noticed he was on camera.
“You could almost see him pulling a little harder on the weights (after noticing he was being videotaped),” Tillery said. “Seeing that made we want to just go grab some weights and start lifting. It just brings a fire to your spirit.”
Morgan back in lineup
Cornerback/wide receiver Justin Morgan said Tuesday that he’ll play against Alcorn State on Saturday after a rough couple of weeks.
Morgan missed the game against Prairie View two weeks ago because of a sprained ankle. He was expected back for the Texas Southern game before being stricken with pancreatitis last Tuesday and being hospitalized for 48 hours.
“It was a little scary, but I’m good now,” Morgan said. “It was a pain that just hit. I couldn’t walk or really even lay down. It was a really, really sharp pain. I’d rather get full body cramps than that.”
Morgan said he was treated with medication, but couldn’t eat or drink anything while hospitalized.
“I lost a couple of pounds,” Korgan said, “but I’m working now to put that back on.”
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