On December 27, 1892, Biddle University defeated Livingstone 5-0 in Salisbury, NC. From that time forward, HBCU football has flourished. Some of the greatest players to ever play pro football attended HBCUs.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies are consensus HBCU football national champions. In honor of 125 years of HBCU football, boxtorow.com will highlight some of the most influential people in HBCU football. All persons highlighted played or coached at an HBCU. If a player, their influence could have taken place at the school or on the “next level.”
Today we look at former Florida A&M and Chicago Bears halfback Willie Galimore.
Galimore played seven seasons with the Chicago Bears before tragically passing away in a car accident at the age of 29. He amassed 2,985 rushing yards, averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for 26 touchdowns. Galimore was one of the most versatile backs in the league, catching 87 passes for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns. He won an NFL championship with the Bears in 1963.
A fifth round draft pick in 1956 by the Bears from Florida A&M, Galimore was All-SIAC all four years at FAMU and helped lead the Rattlers to four conference crowns and a national championship, playing for the legendary Jake Gaither.
Each week, BOXTOROW will feature a new person, influential to HBCU football as we celebrate 125 years of HBCU football. Give us your thoughts. When on Social Media, use #HBCU125 Follow us on Twitter @boxtorow or Facebook box2row