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List of famous alumni from Grambling State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Grambling State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Grambling State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Grambling State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Grambling State University.

Alumni range from Erykah Badu to Willis Reed.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Grambling State University?” and “Which celebrities are Grambling State University alumni?”

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more

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Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Wrestler, American football player Ernest "Ernie" Ladd, nicknamed "The Big Cat", was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd ...more

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player Willis Reed, Jr. is a retired American basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the ...more

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Ronnie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Bodybuilder Ronnie Dean Coleman is an American professional bodybuilder who holds eight straight wins as Mr. Olympia and widely regarded as the greatest bodybuilder of all time, a record career total that ...more

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Tina Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Businessperson, Talent manager Tina Davis is singer Chris Brown's manager. She is the woman that allegedly sent Chris Brown a text message that angered his then girlfriend, Rihanna, which ultimately led Chris Brown to respond ...more

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Fakhir Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Fakhir Brown American football player Fakhir Hamin Brown is a former American football cornerback. He was signed by the Toronto Argonauts as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He played college football at Grambling. Brown was also a ...more

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Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player Douglas Lee "Doug" Williams is a former American football quarterback and former head coach of the Grambling State Tigers football team. Williams is best known for his remarkable ...more

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Tommie Agee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Baseball player Tommie Lee Agee was a Major League Baseball center fielder most noted for making two of the greatest catches in World Series history, both of which occurred in game three of the 1969 World

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Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player William Ferdie Brown is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders. Following his playing career, Brown ...more

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Quincy Troupe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Journalist Quincy Thomas Troupe, Jr. is an American poet, editor, journalist and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California. He is best known as the biographer ...more

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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Junious "Buck" Buchanan was an American collegiate and Professional Football defensive tackle. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League and in the National

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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Willie D. Davis is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Davis grew up in rural Louisiana and graduated ...more

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Jason Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Jason Dewayne Hatcher is an American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2006 NFL ...more

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Kalvin Pearson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Kalvin Pearson is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Grambling.

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Kenneth Pettway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Kenneth Aaron Pettway is a former American gridiron football player. He played in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League from 2005 to 2012. Pettway played college football ...more

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Charlie Joiner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player Charles B. Joiner Jr. is a former American football player who starred in professional football for eighteen seasons, virtually exclusively at the position of wide receiver. He retired with the ...more

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Everson Walls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Everson Collins Walls is a former American football defensive back in the NFL, having played for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns. During his 14 seasons, he was ...more

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Rick Gallot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Lawyer Richard Gallot, Jr., known as Rick Gallot, is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 29, which encompasses the African American portions of seven parishes: Bienville, ...more

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Bettye Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Social Worker Bettye Davis was a Democratic Party member of the Alaska Senate, representing the K District from 2000 through 2013. She was defeated in the 2012 general election for state senate district M by ...more

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Garland Boyette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Garland Boyette American football player Garland Boyette was a professional linebacker in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers and in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Oilers. He played in the Canadian ...more

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Gary Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Gary "Big Hands" Johnson was an American football player in the National Football League. The defensive tackle was a three-time All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He played ...more

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Randy Hymes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Randy Hymes is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Grambling State. Hymes was also a ...more

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter Richard St John Harris was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and ...more

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Henry Dyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Henry Dyer American football player Henry Louis Dyer is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Grambling State ...more

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Jake Reed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Willie "Jake" Reed is a former professional American football player who played for 12 seasons in the National Football League as a wide receiver from 1991 to 2002 for the Minnesota ...more

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James Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player James Larnell "Shack" Harris is a former American football executive and former player. He also was a senior personnel executive for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ...more

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James Hunter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
James Hunter American football player James Edward Hunter was an American football defensive back who played for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. Hunter was the 10th player picked in the 1976 NFL Draft. He led the ...more

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Roosevelt Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor is a former American football safety who played for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played ...more

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Clifton McNeil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Clifton McNeil American football player Clifton Anthony McNeil is a former professional American football player in the National Football League from 1964 through 1973. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the eleventh round in ...more

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Sammy White is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Sammy White is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL. After attending Grambling State University, White played all ten seasons of his professional career as a wide receiver with ...more

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Scotty Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Scotty Anderson American football player Scotty Anderson is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League and the Arena Football League. He played college football for Grambling State University.

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Stone Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Stone Edward Johnson was an Olympic sprinting athlete and American football kick returner and running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. On August 30, 1963, the rookie Johnson, a sprinter in the ...more

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Larry Wright is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Larry Glenn Wright is a former American professional basketball player and former men's basketball team head coach at Grambling State University, his alma mater. His playing days included stints ...more

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Trumaine Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Trumaine Johnson is a retired American football player who played in the National Football League and the United States Football League.

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Essex Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Essex L. Johnson is a former professional American football running back for eight seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and one season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Natalie Desselle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Actor Natalie Desselle-Reid is an American actress. Deselle-Reid has performed in several films including B*A*P*S, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Cinderella, and television series Built to Last and For ...more

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Andrew Glover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Andrew Glover is a former professional American football player. A 6'6", 250 lb tight end from the Grambling State University Tigers, Glover was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the ...more

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Paul "Tank" Younger American football player Paul Lawrence "Tank" Younger was a fullback and linebacker in the National Football League from 1949 through 1958. He played college football for Grambling State University, was the ...more

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Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Bennie Thompson is a former American football safety for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1991 and 1998 seasons as a special teams ...more

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Frank Lewis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Frank Douglas Lewis is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Lewis ...more

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Willie Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Willie Young American football player William Joseph Lull Young is a former American football offensive tackle who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He played college football at Grambling ...more

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Robert Ford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Politician Robert Ford is an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate since 1993, representing District 42, which is located in Charleston. From 1974 to 1992, he ...more

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Ralph Garr is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Baseball player Ralph Allen Garr is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Garr was a free swinger with remarkable talent for hitting to all fields, a very valuable skill because fielders could never ...more

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Clyde Edwards is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
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Bob Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Bob Hopkins Basketball player Robert M. "Bob" Hopkins is an American former basketball player and coach. He played college basketball at Grambling State University, where he scored 3,759 points, and then played in ...more

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Bruce Eugene is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Bruce Eugene American football player Bruce Eugene is a former American football quarterback who is currently a college football coach. He played college football at Grambling State University. Standing six foot tall, and weighing ...more

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Billy Newsome is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Billy Newsome American football player William Ray Newsome is a former American football defensive end in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and the Chicago Bears. He played college football at ...more

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Charlie Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Charlie Smith American football player Charles Albert Smith is a former American football wide receiver. He played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Grambling ...more

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Frank Cornish, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player Frank Edgar Cornish, III, generally referred to as Frank Cornish Jr., is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for seven seasons for the Chicago Bears, the ...more

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John Mendenhall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player John Rufus Mendenhall is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the New York Giants and Detroit Lions. He played college football at Grambling State ...more