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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

Age: 47

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United 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 ...more

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Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Wrestler, American football player

Age: Died at 69 (1938-2007)

Birthplace: Rayville, Louisiana, United 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, ...more

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player

Age: 76

Birthplace: Hico, Louisiana, United 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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Ronnie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Bodybuilder

Age: 54

Birthplace: Bastrop, Louisiana, United 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 ...more
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Tina Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Businessperson, Talent manager

Age: 51

Birthplace: Vallejo, California

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

Age: 38

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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
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Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Zachary, Louisiana

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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Tommie Agee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 59 (1942-2001)

Birthplace: Magnolia, Alabama

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 ...more
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Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 78

Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi

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 ...more
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Quincy Troupe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Journalist

Age: 79

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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 ...more
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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 52 (1940-1992)

Birthplace: Gainesville, Alabama

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 ...more
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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 81

Birthplace: Lisbon, Louisiana, United 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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Jason Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Alexandria, Louisiana

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 ...more
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Kalvin Pearson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Town Creek, Alabama

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.
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Kenneth Pettway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

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. ...more
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Charlie Joiner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 68

Birthplace: Many, Louisiana

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) ...more

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Everson Walls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Everson Walls American football player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

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
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Rick Gallot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 53

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 ...more
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Bettye Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Social Worker

Age: 80

Birthplace: Homer, United States of America, Claiborne Parish, United States, with Territories, + more

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 ...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

Age: 78

Birthplace: Orange, Texas

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 ...more
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Gary Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

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 ...more

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Randy Hymes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

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
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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 72 (1930-2002)

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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 ...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

Age: 74

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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 ...more
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Jake Reed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Grambling State University Alumni
Jake Reed American football player

Age: 51

Birthplace: Covington, Georgia

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