Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
An SIAC Presence in the 2015 Super Bowl
(ATLANTA)- Once more, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will have some presence in another Super Bowl.
Richardo Lockette is a 28-year-old wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. The native of Albany, Georgia played for the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University. In 2011, he signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. For three of his first four years with Seattle, he played on the practice squad until being moved up to the active roster in 2013. It’s Lockette’s second trip to the big dance. He was on the squad last year that defeated Denver 43-8. While at Fort Valley, Lockette also distinguished himself in track and field by winning the 200-meter event at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2008.
Lockette will be joined in Glendale Arizona by other HBCU athletes that include teammates Nate Isles (North Carolina A&T ), a guard who is currently on injured reserve, and Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State) a quarterback who plays behind Russell Wilson (and actually makes more money). Another HBCU “brother” in Glendale this Sunday is New England’s Brian Tyms, a second-year wide receiver from Florida A&M.
This short bit of research on Seattle and New England’s HBCU players and especially those from the SIAC got my appetite wet about other players who are sporting first or second place Super Bowl rings. Thanks to some web sites, I dug in to see and found this:
- In the last 11 super bowls, 15 HBCU players made it to the big game. Five of those, namely, Lockette of Seattle (Ft. Valley), Jacoby Jones of Lane (Baltimore) , Ramon Harewood of Morehouse ( Baltimore), Junior Gallette of New Orleans (Stillman) and Tyrone Poole of New England (Fort Valley) are from the SIAC.
- Others from the HBCU fraternity include Jackson (Alabama State), Anthony Levine (Tennessee State), Antoine Bethea (Howard) who also played on two other super bowl teams as well, Nick Collins (Bethune-Cookman) ,Donald Driver (Alcorn), Robert Mathis (Alabama A&M), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tennessee State), Greg Toler (St Paul’s), Michael Coe (Alabama State), Oliver Celestinn (Texas Southern), Chartric Darby (South Carolina State) and D arnerien McCants (Delaware State).
There are others…....many others who played in other super bowls. I am currently researching those, starting from the first AFL-NFL mix from 1967.
SIAC HOOPS: Clark-AU head basketball coach Tony Lamarr, in his first full season at the helm, faces perhaps his first challenge in attempting to get the Panthers back in the winner’s circle. Since their 92-72 loss to Kentucky State on January 10, the Panther men have dropped six straight. including a 125-120 heartbreaking overtime loss to conference leading Paine on January 26. Four of their next five games will be at home which should be encouraging except that the Panthers are 1-7 at home. They are scheduled to take on Benedict Thursday, host cross-campus rival Morehouse Saturday, go to Albany State , then are home again to Fort Valley and Claflin Saturday, February 7.
Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers , 2-2 since the 15th of the month, face Benedict on the 29th, enjoy a three day break before facing Albany State on the road, then return home to Fort Valley and Claflin.
Meanwhile, the long awaited showdown game between the red –hot Paine Lions and Morehouse is scheduled for Thursday night .Morehouse has won seven of its nine contests since their January 15th loss to Stillman. Their last loss was a 69-60 decision to Benedict. Morehouse’s big challenge against visiting Paine will be stopping their leading scorer Denzel Dillingham. The junior transfer from North Carolina’s Lenoir-Rhyne is averaging 19.8 points a game. Paine is currently undefeated in conference play at 10-0
Elsewhere in the conference, it looks like fans of both west division leading Lane College and second place LeMoyne-Owen will have until next month for a showdown between the two schools. Their first scheduled meet of the 2014-15 season is February 7 in Jackson Tennessee……..
XTRA POINTS: The SIAC will be broadcasting its entire 2015 basketball tournament on-line March 2-7. Handling play-by-play chores will be award winning sportscaster Charles Ward.
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