Life came full circle in at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1 for the 1966 Morgan State football team.
Fifty years ago the “Golden Bears” were one of the premiere college football programs in America. They were in the midst of a historic streak after winning the 18th of 31 consecutive games and second of four CIAA championships before truly making history as the first Historically Black College to win a postseason bowl game.
Morgan State fielded one of the most talented teams in college football history for that Tangerine Bowl in 1966. Fourteen players on their roster were drafted into the NFL including Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Lanier. Lanier (Chiefs) was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame along with their legendary coach Earl Banks. Super Bowl champions: Raymond Chester (Raiders) and John “Frenchy” Fuqua (Steelers) were also on that team. Cornerback Mark Washington also played with the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl 10.
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