BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference named former Southern star Aeneas Williams and six others to the SWAC Hall of Fame.
Other inductees are the late Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd (Grambling), Ray Seals (Prairie View), the late Alphonso Ford (Mississippi Valley State), Jeffrey Moore (Jackson State), Regina Wells Huston (Alcorn State), and sportswriter Roscoe Nance.
The seven will be honored at a private ceremony leading up to the SWAC Championship Game in Houston.
- Williams was a walk-on at Southern in his junior year in 1988. As a defensive back, was a two-time black college All-American, twice All-SWAC, and led the country in interceptions. He was drafted by the then-Phoenix Cardinals in 1991 and tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions in his rookie season. A four-time Pro Bowler, he also spent time with the St. Louis Rams. Williams who wrote the book “It Takes Respect,” was inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame earlier this year. He was also inducted into the Southern Sports Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
- Ladd, a defensive tackle, graduated from Grambling in 1961. Originally given a basketball scholarship, he played football and was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL and San Diego Chargers of the AFL in 1961. He chose the Chargers and played in four AFL Championship Games, helping the Chargers to the 1963 title. He also played for the Houston Oilers and Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl with the Chiefs in 1969.
After retiring from the NFL, he pursued a career in professional wrestling.
- Seals was an All-American running back was a member of Prairie View’s 1963 and ’64 National Championship teams as well as running track. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in ’64.
After retiring from playing football, he began his high school football and track coaching career in Houston for 46 years, the last 23 at Madison High, where he was 202-102-1 with 10 distsrict championships.
- Ford graduated in 1993 from Mississippi Valley State, where he set the school basketball scoring record with 3,165 career points, averaging 29 per game. The All-American was named All-SWAC four times and ranks fourth on the NCAA all-time scoring list.
He played in the NBA for the Seattle Supersonics and the Philadelphia 76ers. He later played for several teams in Euroleague, earning the 2002 Greek Cup MVP award after helping his team win the championship.
- As a Jackson State running back, Moore was named first-team All-SWAC and Black College Football player of the year in 1978. He played six years in the NFL, including stints with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins.
- Alcorn State’s Huston was the 1983 SWAC co-rookie of the year and a two-time All-SWAC selection in women’s basketball. She was the league leader in assists, steals and free-throw percentage for three straight years and helped the Lady Braves set program records in wins.
Huston returned to her hometown of Chicago after graduation and coaches girls’ basketball and is working with at-risk youths in the region.
- Nance did not attend a SWAC school for his undergraduate degree, but he covered the league for nearly a decade. Based out of Jackson, Miss., he was a sports reporter/columnist for the Clarion-Ledger, where he covered many schools statewide, including Jackson State, Alcorn State, and Mississippi Valley.
From 1994-2007, he covered the NBA All-Star games and 12 Finals and reported on the 2000 Olympics for USA Today.
Nance is the president of the SWAC Alumni Association and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Professional Basketball Writers Association.