UMES ALUMN CAL DAVIDSON NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
July 1, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Hal of Famer Calvert "Cal" Davidson will add another accolade to his football legacy when he will inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame on November 6, 2010.
Davidson helped the Hawks to two back-to-back Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championships in 1960 and 1961 during his tenure for the Hawks. He was a three-way player, taking the field on offense, defense and special teams. Known as a force when covering punts and kick-offs, Davidson, a 1961 graduate of then, Maryland State College, was inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame in 2006.
In high school, Davidson was an All-State tackle at Booker T. Washington High School and later returned to his alma mater where he taught and coached several sports, including football. Numerous players that he mentored went on to play collegiately and professionally, including NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.
Davidson will be inducted with seven other nominees, including basketball standout Boo Williams, Norfolk State University Athletic Director Marty Miller, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks, former major leaguer Wayne Gomes, former NBA player Wilson Washington, Hampton University women's hoops star Jacqueline Dolberry and Larry Rose, a college basketball official who was the first black referee to work an ACC Championship Tournament and the 2002 Men's College Basketball Official of the Year. Rose is currently the assignor for basketball officials in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Davidson's induction marks the fourth Hawk to be inducted into the Hampton Roads Hall. John Hobbs was inducted in 2008, also a Booker T. Washington grad, Charlie Stukes in 1999 and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Brown in 1997.