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Famous Grambling State University Alumni

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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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  • 1
    Record producer, Musician

    Age50

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Dallas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo  ...more

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  • 2
    Wrestler, American football player

    AgeDec. at 68 (1938-2007)

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ernest Ladd (November 28, 1938 – March 10, 2007), nicknamed "the Big Cat", was an American professional football player and a professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd attended  ...more

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  • 3
    Basketball Coach, Basketball player

    Age79

    BirthplaceHico, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In  ...more

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  • 4
    Bodybuilder

    Age57

    BirthplaceBastrop, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ronnie Dean Coleman (born May 13, 1964) is an American retired professional bodybuilder. The winner of the Mr. Olympia title for eight years in a row, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest  ...more
  • 5
    Businessperson, Talent manager

    Age53

    BirthplaceVallejo, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 with  ...more
  • 6
    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fakhir Hamin Brown (born September 21, 1977) 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  ...more
  • 7
    Coach, American football player

    Age66

    BirthplaceZachary, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Douglas Lee Williams (born August 9, 1955) is a former American football quarterback and former head coach of the Grambling State Tigers football team. Williams is known for his remarkable  ...more

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  • 8
    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 58 (1942-2001)

    BirthplaceMagnolia, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tommie Lee Agee (August 9, 1942 – January 22, 2001) was a Major League Baseball center fielder. He is noted for making two of the greatest catches in World Series history, both of which took place in  ...more
  • 9
    Coach, American football player

    Age80

    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the National  ...more
  • 10
    Editor, Poet

    Age82

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Quincy Thomas Troupe, Jr. (born July 22, 1939) 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  ...more
  • 11
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 51 (1940-1992)

    BirthplaceGainesville, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Junious "Buck" Buchanan (September 10, 1940 – July 16, 1992) was a professional American football defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL) and in the  ...more
  • 12
    American football player

    Age87

    BirthplaceLisbon, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Willie D. Davis (born July 24, 1934) is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis graduated from  ...more

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  • 13
    American football player

    Age39

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jason Dewayne Hatcher (born July 13, 1982) is a former American football defensive lineman. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football  ...more
  • 14
    American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceTown Creek, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kalvin Pearson (born October 22, 1978) 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.  ...more
  • 15
    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kenneth Aaron Pettway (born November 13, 1982) is a former American gridiron football player. He played in the National Football League and the American Football League from 2005 to 2012. Pettway  ...more
  • 16
    Coach, American football player

    Age74

    BirthplaceMany, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles B. Joiner Jr. (born October 14, 1947) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) for  ...more

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  • 17
    American football player

    Age61

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Everson Collins Walls (born December 28, 1959) is a former American football defensive back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York  ...more
  • 18

    Age55

    Richard Joseph Gallot, Jr., known as Rick Gallot (born April 1966), is the current president of Grambling State University and was a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 29,  ...more
  • 19
    Social Worker

    Age83

    BirthplaceHomer, United States of America, Claiborne Parish, United States, with Territories

    Bettye Jean Davis (née Ivory; May 17, 1938 – December 2, 2018) was an American social worker (retired) and politician. She was the first African-American to be elected as an Alaska State Senator in  ...more
  • 20
    American football player

    Age81

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Garland Dean Boyette is a former professional linebacker in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers and in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals (1962–63) and the Houston Oilers (1966–72).  ...more
  • 21
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 57 (1952-2010)

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gary Lynn "Big Hands" Johnson (August 31, 1952 – August 4, 2010) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL). The defensive tackle was a three-time All-Pro and a four-time  ...more
  • 22
    American football player

    Age42

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Randy Hymes (born August 7, 1979) 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  ...more
  • 23
    Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1930-2002)

    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Richard St. John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, for which he was  ...more

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  • 24
    American football player

    Age76

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Henry Louis Dyer (born January 28, 1945 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. He  ...more
  • 25
    American football player

    Age54

    BirthplaceCovington, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jake Reed may refer to: Jake Reed (American football) (born 1967), American football player Jake Reed (baseball) (born 1992), American baseball player Jake Reed (cricketer) (born 1990), Australian  ...more