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Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media
Brazile inducted into Black College Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 03/02/2014
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ATLANTA — Jackson State great and former Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile was one of seven HBCU legends inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

In addition to Brazile, former Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth (Alabama A&M), former Browns running back Leroy Kelly (Morgan State), former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (Texas Southern), former Chargers guard Doug Wilderson, former Mississippi Valley State signal caller Willie Totten and former Alcorn State head coach Marino Casem were inducted.

Brazile was a first-round pick by the Houston Oilers in 1975, with the sixth selection of the NFL draft. He was rated as one of the premier collegiate defensive players in 1974 while playing linebacker at Jackson State, despite starting his collegiate career as a tight end. (He switched to the linebacker position after his freshman season). In 1972 and 1973, Brazile helped lead the Jackson State Tigers to consecutive SWAC championships.

Shortly after being drafted, Oilers head coach and general manager Bum Phillips switched Houston’s base defense from the 4-3 to the 3-4. Brazile is cited by many to be the most important player in making the 3-4 popular because of his ability to rush the quarterback from the outside linebacker position.

He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975 and made the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. He was a key member of the Oilers teams that made back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship game (1978 and 1979). Brazile was selected as a member of the 1970’s NFL All-Decade team.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players and coaches from HBCUs. The first class was inducted in 2010.

 

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