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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