The Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced Wednesday morning, and while three current or future Pro Football Hall of Famers jump out (Leroy Kelly, John Stallworth and Michael Strahan), the one most deserving a day in the limelight most is a guy who only played two NFL games as a scab during the 1987 players’ strike.
Willie “Satellite” Totten will finally get his due outside of being the guy who threw to Jerry Rice in college.
Totten is still a legend in Itta Bena, Miss., where he and Rice shared three incandescent years at Mississippi Valley State, from 1982 to 1984, and where Totten held more than 50 NCAA records when he’d finished in 1985, the year Rice went to the NFL. He still holds 21 of them.
He played in Canada and in the Arena league, coached in high school and spent 16 years coaching at his alma mater, including eight years as head coach. He now is an assistant coach at Albany State.
But he’ll always be Satellite, and his connection with Rice will never be forgotten. Here is a taste of it from a CBS feature late in Rice’s career.