BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS HISTORY & LEGENDS

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The CFL has been a haven for American players who continue to play professional football at the highest level. Here are 10 Black college players who have been honored.

Playing career:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1981-91
• Grey Cup Champions, 1986
• Traded to Hamilton Tiger Cats (1981)
from Montreal Alouettes (1981-91)
• CFL sack leader- 25, 1988
• CFL’s all-time sack leader- 157
• Inducted 2000

Grover Covington, J.C. Smith- CFL

Grover COVINGTON
Defensive End
Johnson C. Smith University ’81

Awards/Honors
Grey Cup champion 
(195419551956)
CFL West All-Star  1953195619581959

Honors
1983 – Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour
Canadian Football League Hall of Fame  1980
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 1980

Miles’ #18 jersey to its Wall of Honour  1983

• Had 7 consecutive seasons with over 1000+ receiving yards (1989-1995)
• Career-high 1419 yards 1989
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First all-time in career receptions
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3rd in career receiving yards
Tied for 1st with 8 – 1000+ yard seasons

Donald NARCISEE
Wide Receiver
Texas Southern ’87

Awards/Honours
All-Western Receiver 1989, 1990, 1993, 1998
All-Canadian Receiver  1989, 1990, 1995, 1998
Northern All-Star Receiver  1995
Molson Cup  1994, 1995, 1998
Grey Cup Participation  1989, 1997
Grey Cup Winning Teams  1989

• Played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers  (1950 -56)
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Led the league in rushing yards
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Gained 100 yards on a single play vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders  1952 
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Set a WIFU single season touchdown record
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Had 205 yards on pass interception returns 
16 touchdowns to set a WIFU single season touchdown record

Dr. Thomas “Tom” CASEY
Running back
Hampton Institute

Awards/Honours
6-time Divisional All-Star |
The first African American to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame  1964
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum 1993
All-Time Blue Bomber Greats 75th Anniversary team

• Played with seven different teams 1991- 2004
• Played in 189 regular season games, 17 playoff games, four Grey Cups
• Had 2nd highest career sacks in CFL history …154
•All-star and James P. McCaffrey Trophy winner, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1993
• 18 sacks in an all-star season with Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions
• 3-time All-Star with the Montreal Alouettes (1997, 1998 and 1999)
• All-Star, the Toronto Argonauts  2001

Elfrid PAYTON
Linebacker/Defensive End
Grambling State

Awards/Honors
Grey Cup champion (19952003
CFL All-Star 199319951997992001002
CFL East All-Star 199319979819992001
CFL West All-Star 2002
Awards
James P. McCaffrey Trophy   1993 

CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player   2002
Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy    2002
Canadian Football League Hall of Fame  2010

• Spent eight seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1983- 1987, 1989-1991) 
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Saskatchewan Roughriders(1992)
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B.C. Lions (1993)
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Still holds the Winnipeg career sack record (98)
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Grey Cup records for most sacks in a game (four)
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Most career Grey Cup sacks (five)

Tyrone Jones, Southern - CFL

Harvey “Tyrone” JONES
Linebacker
Southern University ’83

Honors/Awards
Grey Cup champion (1984)
CFL All-Star  1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
Awards
Grey Cup Most Valuable Player   1984 
CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award  1985 
Honors
1984 & 1990 – Grey Cup Champion
Canadian Football League Hall of Fame  2012

• First Black player on the Montreal Alouettes   1946
• Play 12 seasons (147 regular season games) with the Larks  (1946 -57)
• Seven-time Interprovincial Rugby Football Union All Star
• Played in 4 Grey Cup games (scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the Als 1949
Grey Cup championship win against the Calgary Stampeders
• Played in the 3-game Grey Cup set vs. the Edmonton Eskimos  (1954 -1956)

Herb TRAWICK
Offensive Lineman
Kentucky State University ’42

Awards/Honors
Grey Cup
 champion  1949
Trawick’s jersey #56 is one of seven retired by the Alouettes
CFL East All-Star  1946-1950, 1954-1955
Canadian Football Hall of Fame   1975
Kentucky State University Athletics Hall of Fame  1975

• Played entire CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders/the Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
• Three-time Division All-Star/Two-time CFL All-Star
• Finalist, Most Outstanding Defensive Player 1987
• 5th all-time in tackles – 400, 55 career sacks, 21 interceptions
• Played in 3 Grey Cup games (1988, 1990 champions)

James WEST
Linebacker
Texas Southern University ’82

Awards/Honours
CFL All-Star  1987, 1989

CFL East All-Star  1987, 1989
Grey Cup Participation  1988, 1990
Grey Cup Winning Teams  1988, 1990
Class of 2016

• Led SC State in tackles  1993
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One of the Bulldogs top all-time 100 players 
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One of the CFL’s greatest defensive players
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Key player in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive front seven
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The Tiger-Cats’ all-time leader in tackles 

Joe Montford, SC State - CFl

Joe MONTFORD
Linebacker
South Carolina State University ’95

Awards/Honors
Grey Cup champion (19992005
CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award (19982000 –01)
CFL All-Star  19981999
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CFL East All-Star  19981999 – 200002
Canadian Football Hall of Fame  2011

• Still holds Lincoln, Mo. school records for touchdowns in a season (22), touchdowns in a career (64), rushing yards in a season (1,239) and career rushing yards (4,457)|
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Three-time Black College All-American
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Six time- All-Pro 
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College Football Hall of Fame 

Leo Lewis, Lincoln, MO

Leo LEWIS
Running back
Lincoln University, Missouri

Awards/Honors
CFL All-Star  1962
CFL West All-Star  1955195819601961 –19621964
Canadian Football Hall of Fame  1973
One of the CFL’s top 50 players (#29) in history

• Three-sports star in basketball, baseball, and track and field at St. Aug’s
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Great versatile player was three position All-Star:
• Miles returned 279 punts for 2,085 yards
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Had 88 kickoff returns for 2,131 yards
Intercepted 38 passes for 547 yards

Rollie Miles, St. Augustine's - CFL

Roland “Rollie” MILES
Running Back/Defensive Back
St. Augustine’s College ’51

Awards
Grey Cup champion
 (195419551956)
CFL West All-Star  1953195619581959
Honors
Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour 1983 
Canadian Football Hall of Fame  1980
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 1980
Miles’ #18 jersey on Wall of Honour  1983

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