ATLANTA, Ga. --- The Black College Hall of Fame has announced their finalists for the Class of 2021. For the sixth consecutive year, Joe '747' Adams has made the list for consideration. Adams is one of 22 players and three coaches up for enshrinement.
The Class of 2021 will be announced on November 19, 2020 and will be enshrined during the ceremony, on February 20, 2021 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.
Adams ranks second at Tennessee State in career passing yards with 8,653. He held the record for 34 years until Michael German completed his career in 2014 with 11 more yards than Adams. The Gulfport, Miss., native is still the most prolific touchdown passer in program history with 30 in 1980 and 75 in his career which stretched from 1977-80.
Adams was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He continued his professional career by playing three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders.
Adams hopes to join six other TSU greats who have been previously inducted. Eldridge Dickey and Claude Humphrey entered in 2012, Joe Gilliam, Jr., Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones and John Merritt were enshrined in 2013 and Richard Dent was the latest entrant in 2015.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October 2009 to honor the greatest football players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). The BCFHOF celebrates the historic contributions of Black College Football’s greatest participants, their journeys, and influence on the lives they’ve touched and the sport they love. A few of its trustees are football legends Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams.