ESPN’s “Faculty GameDay” is heading to Jackson for Jackson State’s SWAC rivalry sport towards Southern, and which means it’s time to take a position on who will be a part of the crew as “visitor picker” on Saturday.
It’s the first time the favored faculty soccer highway present has appeared at Jackson State and the primary at an HBCU campus since 2008 when “Faculty GameDay” made the journey to Florida A&M.
Celeb visitor pickers predict how Saturday’s faculty soccer video games will go alongside the present’s hosts. Sometimes, they’ve a connection to the host faculty or the local people.
Listed here are some potential visitor pickers for “GameDay” to think about:
Slater is a Jackson native and former JSU standout who was a perennial Professional Bowl participant over a 20-year NFL profession. He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2001.
Smith performed for Jackson State within the early Nineteen Nineties and was a second-round decide within the 1992 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys earlier than he carved out a stellar profession with the Jacksonville Jaguars. When he retired, Smith was one among three receivers in NFL historical past to submit 9 1,000-yard seasons. He has since been nominated for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame for induction into the 2023 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
Williams, the present males’s basketball coach at Jackson State, was a Jackson highschool basketball legend earlier than ultimately transitioning to a profitable NBA profession the place he was chosen to the 2009 NBA All-Star crew and gained a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Banner has distinctive ties to each the town and the matchup on Saturday. The award-winning rapper and producer was born in Jackson however attended Southern College, which simply so occurs to be Jackson State’s opponent. It’d get just a little fascinating when the Boombox Basic decide comes round if he’s invited to affix the present.
Different notable Jackson State alumni embody former NBA participant Lindsey Hunter, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, and Eddie Payton, males’s golf coach, ex-NFL participant, and brother of the late Walter Payton.
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