The Grambling State College Division of Intercollegiate Athletics introduced on Tuesday the sphere inside the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium shall be named after Grambling soccer legends Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris throughout the homecoming recreation versus Alabama A&M College on Oct. 14.
The sector will formally turn out to be James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams Discipline at Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“It’s our pleasure to honor two of the best members of the Grambling State soccer household,” stated Trayvean Scott, Grambling’s vice chairman of intercollegiate athletics. “These two males have lengthy represented what it means to be a G-Man and have achieved a lot whereas breaking down limitations that few thought had been attainable throughout their enjoying days. We will’t wait so as to add one other brick to the citadel of greatness they’ve constructed.”
Grambling President Richard “Rick” Gallot stated of Harris and Williams “epitomize greatness on the highest stage of soccer competitors.”
“They each should be honored by Grambling State College on this method,” Gallot stated.
Williams was a two-time Black School Soccer Participant of the 12 months whereas at Grambling, amassing a 36-7 document from 1974-1977 and profitable three SWAC championships.
Williams made historical past when he grew to become the primary Black quarterback to win the Tremendous Bowl in 1988 with the then-Washington Redskins. He had a earlier stint within the NFL as a quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Williams is a former profitable head coach of the Grambling soccer workforce. He presently works as an govt with the Washington Commanders.
“That is so surreal for me,” Williams stated. “That is such an honor to have James ‘Shack’ Harris and my title plastered on a discipline in Eddie Robinson stadium. That is one thing that may stand time for my youngsters and grandkids to see.”
Harris performed for Grambling from 1965-1968 and lead GSU to 4 SWAC championships. In 1969, he was drafted by the Buffalo Payments to turn out to be the primary Black participant to start out a season at quarterback within the NFL.
In 1974, he led the Los Angeles Rams to an NFC West title and their first playoff victory since 1951. He grew to become the primary Black quarterback to start out a convention championship recreation.
After his enjoying days, he served in govt capacities with the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions.
Each Harris and Williams are members of varied Corridor of Fames for the game. In 2009, the pair collaborated to create the Black School Corridor of Fame to protect the historical past and honor the best soccer gamers, coaches and contributors from HBCUs.