The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its Class of 2017. Six inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee, and a former Bills linebacker is among those to be enshrined.
The Class of 2017 includes LB Isiah “Butch” Robertson (Southern).
A former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams, Robertson played the last four years of his career with the Bills from 1979-1982, helping Buffalo reach the playoffs in 1980 and 1981 under head coach Chuck Knox.
“This class is another representation of the immense football talent that has played at historically black colleges and universities,” said BCFHOF Co-Founder, former Bills QB and 2012 Inductee James “Shack” Harris. “All five players were college All-Americans, and three were first round NFL draft picks.”
The Class of 2017 also includes Parnell “Paydirt” Dickinson (Mississippi Valley State), Harold “Sunny” Jackson (Jackson State), Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (Grambling State), Robert Porcher (South Carolina State, Tennessee State) and Coach Billy Joe (Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles College).
Joe was the running back who came back to the Bills in the infamous trade of Cookie Gilchrist with the Denver Broncos in 1965. Joe only played for the Bills for one season, but was on the 1965 AFL title team.
The Class will be honored at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on February 25, 2017.
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