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Broncos legend Rich 'Tombstone' Jackson elected to Black College Football Hall of Fame


Ring of Fame defensive end Rich "Tombstone" Jackson was elected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, it was announced Thursday.

Jackson joins Emerson Boozer, Hugh Douglas, Frank Lewis, Timmy Newsome, John Taylor and Arnett "Ace" Mumford in the 10th group of inductees to the Hall, which honors standout football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we congratulate the Class of 2019," said BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee Doug Williams. "To be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in its first 10 years is quite an honor. Just take a look at those historical names." 

Jackson, a graduate of Southern University, was an outstanding football player, eventually becoming one of the original Broncos Ring of Fame inductees in 1984 following a career that included three AFL All-Star and NFL Pro Bowl selections and three First-Team All-AFL and All-NFL nods. When he finished his career in 1972, he had tallied 43 sacks with the Broncos, then a franchise record. Jackson is also a member of the Colorado and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fames.

The BCFHOF's Class of 2019 will be honored at the 10th annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Feb. 16, 2019. The ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons, will take place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 

The inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 15. For more information please visit

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