Almost 60 years after he coached his final game, Arnett “Ace” Mumford is to be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
The legendary Southern University coach joins six other HBCU greats to be inducted into the Hall’s 10th class since its creation in 2009, including former Jaguars player Rich “Tombstone” Jackson.
Former Grambling player Frank Lewis, a Houma native, also will be inducted.
Other Class of 2019 inductees are Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Hugh Douglas (Central State), Timmy Newsome (Winston-Salem State) and John Taylor (Delaware State).
The 10th Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Feb. 16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we congratulate the Class of 2019,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee Doug Williams in a news release. “To be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in its first 10 years is quite an honor. Just take a look at those historical names.”
Mumford and Jackson are the fifth and sixth inductees from Southern to make it into the Hall of Fame, joining Aeneas Williams (2016), Isaiah “Butch” Robertson (2017), Mel Blount (2011) and Harold Carmichael (2018).
Former athletic director and coach Marino Casem also was inducted in 2014 but is known primarily for his time at Alcorn State.
Mumford was a staple of early black college football before coming to Baton Rouge, where he coached from 1936 to 1961.
During his time on the Bluff, Mumford led the Jaguars to five black national championships and at least a share of 11 Southwestern Athletic Conference titles. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
To this day he is Southern’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 195-104-2 and the namesake of Southern’s football stadium.
Jackson played on both sides of the ball for Southern from 1962-65 but made a name for himself at defensive end.
An undrafted free agent, Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and finished his career as the Denver Broncos’ all-time leader in sacks. He was also an inaugural member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.
While at Southern, the New Orleans native was also a standout member of the track team. He still holds the Louisiana collegiate record for shot put.
Lewis, a Grambling wide receiver from 1967-70, helped the Tigers capture the 1968 SWAC championship. In 1969, he led Grambling in rushing and receiving and was a three-time all-SWAC selection. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 1971 NFL draft, and he played 13 seasons for the Steelers and Buffalo Bills, making one Pro Bowl.