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List of famous alumni from Jackson State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Jackson State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Jackson State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Jackson 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 Jackson State University.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Morgan Freeman and Walter Payton.

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

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Morgan Freeman Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Walter Payton American football player Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as ...more

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Tim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Tim Barnett American football player Tim Andre Barnett is a former professional American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League.

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Norma Stitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Norma Stitz Pornographic actor Annie Hawkins-Turner, better known by the pseudonym Norma Stitz, is a website entrepreneur and fetish model. Her stage name is a word-play on the phrase "enormous tits". Her breast ...more

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Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Bennie Thompson Politician Bennie Gordon Thompson is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993, and the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2011. He is ...more

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Patricia Jessamy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Patricia Jessamy Lawyer Patricia Coats Jessamy is a former chief prosecutor for the City of Baltimore, Maryland She was appointed to head the Office of the State's Attorney in 1995 and won reelection three times.

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Rod Paige is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Rod Paige Politician Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, moved from classroom teacher to college dean ...more

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James Meredith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
James Meredith James Howard Meredith is an American Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the ...more

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Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lindsey Hunter Basketball player Lindsey Benson Hunter, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2010, spending most of his career with ...more

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Cletis Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Cletis Gordon American football player Cletis Gordon is a former American football cornerback. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Jackson State. Gordon has also ...more

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Rich Caster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Rich Caster American football player Richard C. Caster is a former American football wide receiver and tight end who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the New York Jets. He was selected to the Pro ...more

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Erik R. Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Erik R. Fleming Politician Erik Robert Fleming was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District from 1999 to 2008. He was the Democratic nominee for one of the state's two U.S. ...more

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Cassandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Cassandra Wilson Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable ...more

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Oil Can Boyd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Oil Can Boyd Baseball player Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers. He batted and threw ...more

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Coy Bacon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Coy Bacon American football player Lander McCoy Bacon was a professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his 14-year career. While quarterback sacks ...more

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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Jimmy Smith American football player Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Bobby Curtis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Bobby Curtis American football player Robert Waymon Curtis is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Savannah State University.

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Tonea Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Tonea Stewart Educator, Actor Tonea Stewart is an American actress and university professor best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night. Stewart was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, ...more

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John Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
John Outlaw American football player John L. Outlaw is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Boston/New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played in the American ...more

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Rashard Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Rashard Anderson American football player Rashard Anderson is a former American football cornerback in the NFL who played for the Carolina Panthers. Anderson was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In his ...more

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David Windham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
David Windham American football player David Rogers Windham is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Jackson State University and was drafted ...more

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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lem Barney American football player Lemuel Joseph "Lem" Barney is a former American football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Eddie Payton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Eddie Payton Coach, American football player Edward Payton is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons in the NFL from 1977 to 1982 for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and ...more

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Leon Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Leon Gray American football player Leon Gray was an American football tackle in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints. Gray played college football at Jackson State ...more

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Ricky Patton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Ricky Patton American football player Ricky Patton is a former professional American football player who played running back for five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers. He started in Super ...more

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Leon Seals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Leon Seals American football player Leon Seals, Jr. is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. Seals played college football at Jackson State University, earning the nickname 'Dr. Sack', and ...more

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Robert Brazile is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Robert Brazile American football player Robert Lorenzo Brazile, Jr. is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League. Nicknamed "Dr. Doom", Brazile played from 1975 to 1984 for the

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Emanuel Zanders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Emanuel Zanders American football player Emanuel Zanders was an American football offensive lineman in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. He played college football at Jackson State University.

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Lester Holmes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lester Holmes American football player Lester Holmes is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played college football at Jackson State University and was drafted in the first round of the ...more

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Ben McGee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Ben McGee American football player Ben McGee is a former American football defensive end who played nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went to Jackson State University.

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Lewis Tillman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lewis Tillman American football player Lewis Darnell Tillman is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League. He played for seven seasons for the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears. He ...more

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Roy Hilton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Roy Hilton American football player Roy Lee Hilton is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League from 1965 through 1975. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the ...more

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Speedy Duncan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Speedy Duncan American football player Leslie Herbert "Speedy" Duncan is a former American football cornerback who played college football at Jackson State University, and then played professional football. Duncan played ...more

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Steve Martin Comedian, Television producer, Musician Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later ...more

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Marvin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Marvin Freeman Baseball player Marvin Freeman is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1986 to 1996 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies. He worked as both a starting pitcher and ...more

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Sylvester Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Sylvester Morris American football player Sylvester Morris, Jr. is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2000 season. Morris was an alum of McDonogh 35 High School in New ...more

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Chris Burkett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Chris Burkett American football player Chris Burkett is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd round of the 1985 NFL Draft. A 6'4", 198-lb. wide receiver from Jackson ...more

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Harold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Harold Jackson Coach, American football player Harold Leon Jackson is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League from 1968 through 1983. Jackson was drafted in the 12th round of the 1968 NFL Draft by ...more

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Jackie Slater is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Jackie Slater American football player Jackie Ray Slater is a retired National Football League offensive tackle who played his entire 20-year career with the Rams organization, playing 19 seasons for the Rams in Los Angeles and one ...more

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Corey Bradford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Corey Bradford American football player Corey Lamon Bradford is a former American football wide receiver. He played for the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions.

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Jeff Moore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Jeff Moore American football player

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Vernon Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Vernon Perry American football player Vernon Perry is a former professional American football player who played safety for five seasons for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Previously he played with the Montreal Alouettes ...more

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Jerome Barkum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Jerome Barkum American football player Jerome Barkum is a former wide receiver and tight end in the National Football League. He played 12 years with New York Jets. He was drafted by the Jets out of Jackson State University with the ...more

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Darion Conner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Darion Conner American football player Darion Conner is a former American / arena football linebacker in the National Football League and the Arena Football League. He played for eight seasons in the NFL, from 1990–1997 and seven ...more

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Purvis Short is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Purvis Short Basketball player Purvis Short is a retired American professional basketball player who played with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association from 1978 ...more

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Dave Clark Baseball player, Coach David Earl Clark is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 1998. He is currently the third base coach and outfield instructor for the Detroit Tigers. He served as ...more

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Willie Norwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Willie Norwood Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer William Ray "Willie" Norwood Sr. is an American Gospel singer and has been involved in singing since early childhood. His father and mother sang in the church choir. He is the father ...more

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Kevin Dent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Kevin Dent American football player Kevin Dent is a former American football safety. He played for Jackson State from 1985 to 1988. During his four years at the school, Jackson State won 27 of 28 conference games, and Dent became ...more

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Willie Richardson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Willie Richardson American football player Willie Louis Richardson is a former professional American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. He played nine seasons for the Baltimore Colts and the Miami ...more

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Dorothy Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Dorothy Moore Singer Dorothy Moore is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer best known for her 1976 hit song, "Misty Blue".