College hall missing black greats

February 18, 1993|By Ken Murray

Of the 22 players selected to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network's All-time Black College Football Team, six are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and two more -- Walter Payton and Larry Little -- will be inducted next summer.

But curiously, none of the Sheridan 22 are in the College Hall of Fame in Kings Island, Ohio.

"It doesn't bother me at all," said Lem Barney, one of the Sheridan honorees and a 1992 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee as a cornerback with the Detroit Lions. "There's politics at every level."

Pat Harmon, spokesman for the College Hall of Fame, has heard the complaint before.

"The rule is, to be eligible [for the College Hall of Fame], you must have made a major All-American team," Harmon said.

"We're trying to find a way to change that. The rule knocks out some black players, but it knocks out some white players, too. There's no prejudice."

Harmon said there have been discussions about changing the rule.

Meanwhile, 13 players from black colleges have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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