JOHNNY SAMPLE ELECTED TO THE BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Oct. 21, 2011
ATLANTA -- Johnny B. "Red Ball" Sample will be enshrined into the Black College Football Hall of Fame, announced this week, as part of the Class of 2012.
Sample will become the second Hawk to be placed in the Black College Football Hall of Fame, joining Art Shell, part of the Class of 2011.
Sample served as a running back and defensive back for Maryland State College from 1954 to 1957. He led the Hawks to a pair of CIAA championships his sophomore and senior seasons, helping the team to a combined 28-1-1 record in his time in Princess Anne. He rushed for 2,381 yards and scored 37 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Hawks.
Along with getting all-conference honors, Sample earned All-America status in 1954, 1955 and 1957, leading him to be drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1958. He played for the Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and New York Jets before retiring in 1969.
The enshrinement ceremony will take place on February 18th next year in Atlanta.
The rest of the Class of 2012 includes Cleve Abbot, Willie Brown, Harry Carson, Eldridge Dickey, Jackie Graves, James Harris, Claude Humphrey, Steve McNair, Willie Richardson and Rayfield Wright.