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Aug. 12, 2011

JACKSON, Miss. - Today during a 2:00 pm press conference the recently formed Jackson State University Alumni Players Association made its public debut and unveiled its selections for the JSU Football All-Century Team.

Today's announcement is part of Jackson State's celebration of the 100th year of football at the university. The group also pledged to start a scholarship fund to help student-athletes, who have exhausted their playing eligibility, to earn a degree from Jackson State.

JSU heavy weights such as W.C. Gorden, Robert Hughes, Eddie Payton, Willie Richardson, Kevin Dent, Jimmy Smith and Ben McGee were in attendance.

"When you think of 100 years of football at Jackson State it is awesome, scary and wonderful," said Eric Stringfellow, the JSU Alumni Players Association Spokesperson/Secretary. "The number of great players that have played here is just amazing."

After introducing the all-century team selection committee JSU's current golf coach and former Tigers football great Eddie Payton described the selection process.

"The first concept was to have a first, second and third team made up of 66 players, but our history would not allow us those limitations," said Payton. "So, we decided to select players by position-by-position. That way we felt this would live up to our history and traditions."

JSU president Dr. Carolyn Meyers commended the committee for taking up the mantle in naming this team.

"I'm about the luckiest person in the world," Myers said. "I've been here for only 200 days and already this talented group of people has already started helping us to tell the story of Jackson State."

In addition to the naming of the all-century team, the Alumni Players Association will also work in conjunction with the university to honor its former football players and coaches throughout the season with games recognizing the different coaching eras.

JSU's winningest coach W.C. Gorden and JSU Athletics pioneer T.B. Ellis will be honored during the season opener against Concordia College. James Carson and Robert Hughes will be recognized during the Alabama State game on Sept. 24. Alabama State is JSU's first ever opponent on the gridiron. During the ESPNU broadcast Thursday night game (Sept. 29) against Texas Southern, Rod Paige and Ox Clemons will be spotlighted.

Head coach Robert "Bob Hill" will not share the spotlight with anyone else during the Oct. 8 homecoming game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and John Merritt and U.S. McPherson will receive their accolades on Nov. 5 when the Tigers host Grambling State. JSU's most recent coaches, James Bell and current head coach Rick Comegy[1]will be highlighted during the Capital City Classic on Nov. 19.
185 players were selected for the all-century team and the complete list is below.

All-Century Team (By Position)
Quarterbacks: Cornelius Addison ('61), Shannon Boyd ('88), Sylvester Collins -JSU HOF ('72), Roy Curry - JSU HOF ('68), Shawn Gregory -JSU HOF ('90), Robert Kent ('04), Jimmie Lewis ('75), John McKenzie -JSU HOF ('85), Jimmy Oliver[2]('08), Graylon Pratt ('98), Keith Taylor ('82), Ernie "Hut" Williams ('58).

Running Backs: A.A. Alexander ('28), Ardis Andrews ('59), William Arnold ('55), Excell Butler ('59), Henry Cotton ('60), Frank Dorsey ('60)Charles Sparrow Grant ('57), Perry Harrington - JSU HOF ('80), James Johnson ('93), Chico Jordan ('63), John King ('58), Henry Lattimore ('56), Joe Lowery )'76), Willie McNeal ('66), Jeff Moore -JSU HOF ('79), Rickey Patton ('77), Eddie Payton -JSU HOF ('72), Walter Payton -Pro FB/College FB/JSU HOF ('75), Leroy Smith -JSU HOF ('58), William Spencer ('60), Marxcell Spriggs -JSU HOF ('59), Lewis Tillman -JSU HOF ('89), Destry Wright ('00).

Full Backs: Larry Cowan - JSU HOF ('82), Robert "Bob" Hill -JSU HOF ('56), Roy C. Hill -JSU HOF ('52), Louis McRae ('63), Robert Staten ('93), Mike Stewart ('81), Edgar Whipps ('68), Rickey Young ('75).

Split Ends: Hylon Adams ('54), Jerome Barkham -JSU HOF ('72), Chris Burkett -JSU HOF ('85), Richard Caster -JSU HOF ('70), William Conners ('60), Charles Figgs ('57), Marion Henley ('58), Aaron Jones -JSU HOF ('59), John Peoples ('50), Willie Richardson -JSU HOF ('63), Jimmy Smith, Jr. ('92).

Tight Ends: Buster Barnett ('81), Victor Hall ('85), Larry "Buster" Hardy ('78), Harold Heath ('91), Rodney Phillips ('75), Thomas Richardson ('66), Celo Simmon ('83).

Flankers: Tim Barnett ('91), Albert Greer ('63), Harold Jackson -JSU HOF ('68), Anthony Jenkins ('79), Jaymar Johnson[3]('08), Ron Lewis ('89), Sylvester Morris ('00), Tommie Norman ('84), Gloster Richardson -JSU HOF ('64), Leon Sherrod ('76).

Centers: James Anderson ('68), Ralph Bishop -JSU HOF ('57), Archie Cooley -JSU HOF ('60), Charles Perkins ('52), Ray Self ('58), Lester Walls -JSU HOF ('80).

Guards: Rayfield Adams, Robert Banks ('59), Willie Beamon ('54), James Carson -JSU HOF ('63), Walter Clark ('63), Willie Collins ('75),Hal Cooley ('63), Harry Eiland ('60), Mike Fields ('81), Cleo Gaines ('66), Percy Griffin ('69), Edgar Hardy -JSU HOF ('72), Houston Hoover -JSU HOF ('88), Adrian Lewis, Vernon Polk ('60), Carl Roberts[4]('83), Joe Stevens ('70), Frank Sutton ('85), Emmanuel Zander -JSU HOF ('74).

Tackles: Louis Bullard -JSU HOF ('78), Tommy Funchess -JSU HOF ('68), Leon Gray -JSu HOF ('73), James "Poppa" Hayes ('64), Lester Holmes -JSU HOF ('93), William Johnson ('53), William Murray ('60), Melvin Pete -JSU HOF ('56), Isarel Rhoden ('61), Jackie Slater - Pro FB/JSU HOF ('76), Franky Smith, Curtis Starling ('59), Robert Thornton ('57), James Williams.

Punters: Red Baker ('61), Percy Butler -JSU HOF ('62), T.B. Ellis, III - JSU HOF ('63), Raymond Keys ('74), Paul McJulien ('92), Fred McRae ('90).

Defensive Linemen: Coy Bacon ('58), Verlon Biggs -JSU HOF ('65), Charles Brady, Robert "Heart Burn" Hardy ('79), Roy Hilton ('65), Robert Hughes -JSU HOF (''67), Ben McGee -JSU HOF ('64), Frank Molden ('65), Leslie Peters -JSU HOF ('68), Eddie Pope ('65), Vernon Powe ('60), Don Reese -JSU HOF ('74), Leon Seals -JSU HOF ('87), Fernando Smith ('94), Thomas Strauther ('83), James Williams ('57), Dethrich Wise ('87).

Linebackers: Monroe Alexander ('68), Robert Brazile -JSU HOF ('75), Darion Conner ('88), Dennis Conner -JSU HOF ('88), Elliot Gilbert ('58), Jessie Griffins ('78), Mario Kirksey ('83), Phillip Perkins ('79), Marlo Perry ('94), Jimmy Smith -JSU HOF ('68), John Tate ('75), Jackie Walker ('86), Larry Werts.

Defensive Backs: Rashard Anderson ('00), Lem Barney - Pro FB/JSU HOF ('67), Quincie Coleman ('98), Vincent Dancy[5] ('08), Kevin Dent -College FB/JSU HOF ('89), Leslie Duncan ('64), Sidney Ellis ('68), Cletis Gordon ('06), Richard Harvey ('68), Jimmy Hollifield ('68), Terry Irvin ('77), Robert Kelly ('72), Waldell Leach ('62), Derrick Lewis ('97), James Marshall ('74), Willie McNeal ('66), Picasso Nelson -JSU HOF ('96), John Outlaw -JSU HOF ('68), Vernon Perry ('76), Ivory Thigpen ('69), Robert Turner ('91), Elbert Vaughan ('65), Charles Williams ('78), Sean Woodson.

Kickers: Ike Ayozie ('89), James "Toe" Hartfield -JSU HOF ('68), Thomas "Toe" Hill -JSU HOF ('51), Randall Lewis ('81), Eric Perry ('09), Robert "Boozo" Smith ('72), Gabriel Uriri ('87).

Athletes: James Brook - JSU HOF ('60), T.B. Ellis, II -JSU HOF ('33), George Evans ('53), C.J. Johnson ('88), Darrell Jones -JSU HOF ('89), Stacey Mobley ('86), Roderick Paige ('55), Sylvester Stamps - JSU HOF ('83), Roscoe Word -JSU HOF ('74).


  1. ^ Rick Comegy (jsutigers.cstv.com)
  2. ^ Jimmy Oliver (jsutigers.cstv.com)
  3. ^ Jaymar Johnson (jsutigers.cstv.com)
  4. ^ Carl Roberts (jsutigers.cstv.com)
  5. ^ Vincent Dancy (jsutigers.cstv.com)

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