Two Tigers Selected to Black College Football HOF
Friday, October 21, 2011
Two Tigers Selected to Black College Football HOF

Tennessee State University legends Eldridge Dickey and Claude Humphrey were selected for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as announced on Friday.  

The Hall of Fame's third annual class of inductees will be honored on February 18, 2012 at the Priority Payment Systems Third Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, taking place in conjunction with Black History Month. The event will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Dickey and Humphrey are the first two TSU Tigers to be selected into the Black College Hall of Fame.

It is fitting that these collegiate teammates will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on the same day. Both Dickey and Humphrey donned the TSU uniform from 1964 until 1967.

The duo played under TSU legendary head coach John Merritt and posted an overall record of 33-3-1 from 1965 to 1967. They helped the Tigers make appearances in two bowl games (1965 and 1966). Also in 1966, TSU earned its' first undefeated season and first National Black College Football Championship.

"Tennessee State University is very proud and honored to have our first two inductees into the Black College Hall of Fame," said TSU Athletic Director Teresa Phillips. "They are very deserving as we've had so many successful players and coaches represent our great university. We look forward to having more from TSU inducted in the future."

Dickey, was a three-time HBCU All-American at TSU. As the quarterback he led the Tigers 6,523 passing yards and 67 touchdowns.

He later became the first African-American quarterback selected in the first round by an AFL or NFL team. Dickey was selected 25th overall by the Oakland Raiders and played on the team until 1971. He also signed a contract with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League in 1984, but never played for the team.

Later in life, he became a minister before passing away on May 22, 2000. He was inducted into the TSU Hall of Fame in 1983 and was named the quarterback of the All-Time HBCU team in 2005.

Humphrey was an All-American defensive tackle at TSU who went on to be one of the greatest passes rushers in the National Football League. During his senior season, Humphrey played in four college all star games: the Senior Bowl, the Blue-Gray Game, the Coaches All-American Game and the College All-Star game.

Humphrey was selected as the third overall selection by the Atlanta Falcons in 1968. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. He was selected eight times as an All-Pro honoree and chosen six times to the Pro Bowl.

He recorded a team-high 14.5 sacks in 1980 to help the Eagles reach Super Bowl XV. Humphrey is a member of the Georgia and Tennessee Hall of Fame. His number is retired at Tennessee State University.