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Strahan was a Hall finalist for the second consecutive year. He played the left defensive end spot, was a five-time All-Pro selection and a seven-time Pro Bowler. He ranks fifth all time in sacks with 141.5, and his 22.5 sacks in 2001 set a NFL single-season record. Strahan was also selected to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Williams, who played for the Cardinals and Rams, was an eight-time Pro Bowl choice and a three-time All-Pro selection. Williams, who played cornerback and safety in his career, finished with 55 career interceptions, nine of which he returned for touchdowns.
His career interception total was higher than those of Deion Sanders (53) and Darrell Green (54), both Hall of Famers.
Two former SWAC players being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 says a lot about the history and legacy of the conference.
The purpose of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association is to support Southwes
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The 19th Annual SWAC Alumni Association Legends Awards and Roast, held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, was a success. Congratulations to all of the honorees and thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event in other ways, including Mr. Jay Roberson, our MC and Roastmaster.
Special thanks are extended Commissioner Charles McClelland and to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) for being our Presenting Sponsor.
Thanks as well to Ms. Iris McMillan for a phenomenal job in archiving the event as our official photographer.
Want to join the SWAC Alumni Association? Let us know and we will send you an application. You do not have to be a SWAC alumnus to join.
We look forward to hearing from you! — Lonza Hardy Jr., SWAC Alumni Association President
Please join us for the SWAC Alumni Association Legends Awards and Toast this Saturday night in Birmingham!
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SWAC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HONOR LEAGUE LEGENDS WITH LEGENDS AWARDS AND ROAST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Association has announced its slate of individuals who will be honored during its Legends Awards and Roast here on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in conjunction with the SWAC Baseball Tournament. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park.
The Association’s Legends Awards and Roast event, held annually except for postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic, honors former student-athletes as well as former or current coaches, athletics administrators, staff members or coaches who have had positive impacts on the historic conference. Recipients are honored with the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Charles “Chuck” Prophet Wagon Master Award, or the Dennis E. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, the latter being the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Association. One of the highlights of the event is a roast, which pays homage to an individual (or individuals) who has distinguished himself or herself on a national scale.
This year, four individuals are slated to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, including former Jackson State University baseball coach and athletics director Robert Braddy, current SWAC commissioner Charles McClelland, who also excelled as athletics director at Prairie View A&M University and Texas Southern University, former SWAC women’s basketball official Brenda Lawrence Pree, and the late Audrey Ford, who served as head volleyball coach at Texas Southern University.
The Charles “Chuck” Prophet Wagon Master Award honoree, given annually to a current staff member for meritorious service to a SWAC-member institution, will be LeChondia “Shon” Nelson, Mississippi Valley State University’s athletics travel coordinator.
The prestigious Dennis E. Thomas Distinguished Service Award will have co-recipients this year. Grambling State University football legends Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris, co-founders of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, will be honored with that award.
Following the awards ceremonies, the fun event of the day will be the Roast, whose guest of honor this year will be the legendary Mississippi Valley State quarterback Willie “Satellite” Totten. A host of celebrities will “roast” Totten.
Tickets for the Legends Awards and Roast are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight. Checks, money orders or cashier checks should be made payable to “SWAC Alumni Association” and mailed to P.O. Box 5815, Birmingham, AL 35207. Electronic and online payments can also be made using PayPal at [email protected]. For questions regarding tickets and table purchases, please contact Alvin Moore at [email protected] or by telephone at (205) 222-1044.
Proceeds from the Legends Awards and Roast benefit the SWAC Alumni Association Degree Completion Scholarship, which provides financial support to student-athletes in the conference whose eligibility has expired and are within 30 hours of graduating.
ABOUT THE SWAC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The purpose of the SWAC Alumni Association, which was founded on December 10, 1999 in Birmingham, Ala., is to support Southwestern Athletic Conference events, promote the conference’s athletics heritage and preserve its legacy of competitive excellence. Former student-athletes from any SWAC-sponsored sport and from all member institution are eligible for membership, as are current and former coaches, athletics administrators and staff members as well as game officials, employees of the conference office and supporters of SWAC athletics.
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At a Glance …
Born June 30, 1930, in Nashville, TN; married Vivian Howard; children: Craig, Robin. Education: Earned undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Tennessee State University, 1952; later earned master's degree from Tennessee State University.
Career: Eva Gordon High School, athletic director and head football, baseball, basketball, and track coach, 1956-66; Temple High School, head football coach and athletic director, 1966-67; Jackson State University, head baseball coach, 1967-72, defensive coordinator for football team, 1967-77, head football coach, 1977-91, athletic director.
Awards: Coach of the Year, Southwestern Athletic Conference (six times); Coach of the Year, National Sports Foundation, 1985; inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, 1997; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, 2008.
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Arrangements for "The Godfather" -- Marino H. Casem:
Hall Davis and Son Funeral Home
PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE:
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Green Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery on Florida Boulevard
LIVE STREAMING OF THE SERVICE ON FACEBOOK:
DRIVE-THROUGH VIEWING OF THE BODY:
Immediately following the graveside service at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Green Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery Gazebo.
A Memorial Service, open to the public, will be held after the coronavirus pandemic is over at a site to be determined.
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SWAC Alumni Legends Awards
Here is a link for Alcorn State and NC A&T fans who are still looking for rooms in Atlanta at a great rate for the Celebration Bowl December 19-21.
SWAC Alumni Legends Awards
If you’re attending the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta and in need of a room, the alumni association has a room block at the Marriott Marquis, listed as “SWAC ALUMNI LEGENDS". The rate is $107, available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The number to call is (404) 521-0000. You can also reserve through the following link: https://book.passkey.com/event/49991244/owner/321/home?mobile=true&dw=414
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The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.,
Markham was the winningest football coach in Alabama State program history with a 68-47-4 record in 11 seasons. He guided the Hornets to their only Black College National Championship and the SWAC championship in 1991 with an 11-0-1 record. Alabama State clinched the national crown with a 36-13 victory against North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl in Miami. No SWAC team has ended the season without a loss since.
The only blemish on the Hornets' record that season was a 14-14 tie with Texas Southern. Among their victories was a 92-0 win against Prairie View A&M in which they set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in the second quarter.
Markham rose to prominence as offensive coordinator on Coach W. C. Gorden's staff at Jackson State in the mid-1970s and '80s. The Tigers' vaunted Wishbone Offense was among the most prolific in the country and annually led NCAA Division IAA in rushing.
Markham was best known for developing offensive linemen. He played on the offensive line at Alcorn State, where he was tutored by all-time great Braves running back Jack Spinks, who was the first black athlete from Mississippi drafted into the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Spinks in the 1952 NFL Draft and converted him to pulling guard to take advantage of his speed and agility.
Despite his success at Alabama State, Markham was somewhat overshadowed by his larger than life coaching peers in the SWAC such as Eddie Robinson, the first coach to surpass the 400-win mark, Marino "The Godfather'' Casem, Archie "The Gunslinger'' Cooley and Gorden. However, Markham's peers held him in high regard. He was renowned for his hearty laugh, homespun and wry sense of humor. Robinson labeled Markham "The Quiet Storm'' because of his unassuming but highly competitive demeanor.
The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at True Divine Baptist Church, 4601 Troy Highway, Montgomery, Ala. Coach Markham died last Wednesday. He was 75.
In lieu of flowers, the Markham family asks that donations be made to Alabama State University Foundation/For: Football Program. Donations should be mailed to 915 South Jackson Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Former Alabama State football coach Houston Markham passes away
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The SWAC Alumni Association will honor two former Southwestern Athletic Conference star athletes, two long-time baseball coaches, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a former conference office employee during its annual Legends Roast and Awards Dinner Nov. 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham Iron executive Jay Roberson, a former member of the Birmingham City Council and quarterback at Alabama A&M, is the guest of honor.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by contacting Alvin Moore at 205-222-1044 or online at Pay Pal using SWAC Alumni Association. Proceeds go to the SWAC Alumni Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.
Former Jackson State running back and golf coach Eddie Payton, former Alabama State and NFL linebacker Eddie Robinson, former Alcorn State baseball coach Willie “Rat’’McGowan, and SWAC Public Relations Director and Compliance Officer Russell Stockard will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to SWAC’s tradition of excellence. Former Alabama A&M and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver John Stallworth will received the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as an athlete, businessman and philanthropist.
Larry Watkins, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics who coached the Hornets’ baseball team for 30 seasons, will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Award. The award honors the memory of Chuck Prophet, the iconic Sports Information Director and Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State University. The award goes to an employee of a SWAC member institution who best exemplifies Prophet’s spirit, dedication and loyalty to his school and the conference.
Hotel accommodations are available at the DoubleTree for $109 per night by calling 205-933-9000 or 800-222-TREE. Ask for the SWAC Alumni Association2018 rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 9.
Association members are asked to sell a minimum of two tickets and one full page ad. Ad rates aree full page, $150; half page, $100; quarter page, $75; inside front cover, $350; back cover, $400. Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to him at P. O. Box 5815, Birmingham, AL 35207. The deadline for ads is Nov. 23, no exceptions. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to him also. You can also make payments for ads and tickets with Pay PAL at SWAC Alumni Association.
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