The NFL has launched an enhanced partnership with MEAC and SWAC aimed at increasing career opportunities for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The first annual NFL Careers in Football Forum will be held Friday, December 16th 1pm EST at The Omni Hotel, 100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta GA 30303


The NFL Careers In Football Forum is a part of the NFL’s broader partnership with the MEAC and SWAC to increase opportunities for ethnic minorities interested in pursuing careers in professional football administration. 
The career conference, one of The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl's ancillary events, brings together students interested in sports management and entry-level athletic department administrators from MEAC and SWAC colleges and universities to explore potential careers in professional football administration and to network with industry leaders.

The forum includes lectures and panel discussions with NFL leadership and club executives, resume and skill-building workshops, a behind-the-scenes look into football operations at The Celebration Bowl offering students unique opportunities to work with the event operations team on game day.

The below panelists are scheduled to participate:

Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations 

Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons President 

Kevin Warren, Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer 

Sashi Brown, Cleveland Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations 

Ted Crews, Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of Communications 

Tony Wyllie, Washington Redskins Senior Vice President of Communications

Continuing the tradition of honoring NFL Legends at Super Bowl, the NFL will recognize Hall Of Fame players who attended HBCUs in a special way at Super Bowl

List of Pro Football Hall of Fame-HBCU players

Grambling State
Willie Brown, Defensive Back
Buck Buchanan, Defensive Tackle
Willie Davis, Defensive End
Charlie Joiner, Receiver

Morgan State
Roosevelt Brown, Offensive Line
Len Ford, Defensive End
LeRoy Kelly, Running Back
Willie Lanier, Linebacker

Jackson State
Lem Barney, Defensive Back
Walter Payton, Running Back
Jackie Slater, Offensive Tackle

South Carolina State
Harry Carson, Linebacker
Deacon Jones, Defensive End
Marion Motley, Running Back

Mississippi Valley State
Jerry Rice, Receiver
Deacon Jones, Linebacker

Southern University
Mel Blount, Defensive Back
Aeneas Williams, Defensive Back

Tennessee State
Richard Dent, Defensive End
Claude Humphrey, Defensive End

Alabama A&M
John Stallworth, Receiver

Larry Little, Offensive Guard

Emmitt Thomas, Defensive Back

Florida A&M
Bob Hayes, Receiver

Fort Valley State
Rayfield Wright, Defensive Back

Maryland State/UMES
Art Shell, Offensive Guard

North Carolina A&T
Elvin Bethea, Linebacker

Prairie View A&M
Ken Houston, Defensive Back

Savannah State
Shannon Sharpe, Tight End

Texas Southern
Michael Strahan, Defensive End