Many of our favorite athletes have come from big-time programs who accumulated a slew of national championships and legacy-changing wins. But there are some legendary athletes who have created their own lane leaving a stamp onto the game from attending HBCUs. Check out these immortal sports legends who changed the way we watch sports today.
Shannon Sharpe, Delaware State
Before he argued down Skip and became a cultural phenomenon with his outrageous outtakes that are often turned into memes and gifs, Shannon Sharpe was a gridiron stud. During his time at DSU, he was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and a three-time Black College All-American. In 1987, the Denver Broncos drafted him in the 7th round and the rest was history. He went on to win two Super Bowls during his nine years at Denver as well as winning one in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens. Now a football hall of fame, he racked up to 815 catches for over 10,000 yards and 69 touchdowns.
Rick Mahorn, Hampton University
A member of the "bad boys" era for the Detroit Pistons that won an NBA title in 1989, Mahorn was a scoring sensation for the Pirates of Hampton University. During his tenure in the 757, he became a three-time NAIA All-American while averaging 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds a game.
Steve McNair, Alcon State
This former do-it-all quarterback transcended the way the quarterback is being played today. This Alcon State great was a three-time first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference standout who threw an unprecedented 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He went on to see FCS records for most passing yards in his division (14,496) as well as total offensive yards (16,283 yards)
Earl Monroe, Winston-Salem State
The owner of arguably the greatest sports nickname in nickname history, "Black Jesus," Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is a hooper's hooper. This Philly born legend tore the NCAA Division II competition into shreds as he averaged 41.5 points a game his senior year. While at Winston-Salem State, he helped led his squad to a 77-74 win over Southwest Missouri State to win the 1967 Division II National Championship after lighting it up for 40 points.
Jerry Rice, Mississipi Valley State
The GOAT amongst GOATs. Rice's legendary status as a gridiron immortal started at Mississippi Valley State where he rewrote the record books. He racked up 4,693 yards during his four years at the school. His senior campaign along helped him solidify his spot as a first-round draft pick, where he compiled 1,845 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.
During his tenure in the NFL, Rice became the prototype of what an NFL wide receiver should be. A three-time Super Bowl champ, 13-time Pro Bowler, a member of the 1980s, 1990s and 75th Anniversary All-Time team, Jerry became the reason why hidden gems can be discovered at a small campus near you.