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Famous Jackson State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Jackson State University and be of some renown.

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

    Businessperson, Television producer
    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator....  more

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    Walter Payton

    American football player
    Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back...  more

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    #372 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#562 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Tim Barnett

    American football player
    Tim Andre Barnett (born April 19, 1968 in Gunnison, Mississippi) is a former professional...  more
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    Bennie Thompson

    Bennie Gordon Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is an American politician serving as the U.S....  more
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    Patricia Coats Jessamy is a former chief prosecutor for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. She...  more
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    Rod Paige

    Roderick Raynor Paige (born June 17, 1933) served as the 7th United States Secretary of...  more
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    James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer,...  more
  • 8

    Lindsey Hunter

    Basketball player
    Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional...  more
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    Cletis Gordon

    American football player
    Cletis Gordon (born April 23, 1983) is a former American football cornerback in the National...  more
  • 10

    Rich Caster

    American football player
    Richard C. Caster (born October 16, 1948) is a former American football wide receiver and...  more
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    Erik R. Fleming

    Erik Robert Fleming (born February 2, 1965) is an American politician who was a member of the...  more
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    Cassandra Wilson

    Arranger, Record producer
    Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter,...  more

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    #632 of 739 The Best Singers Of All Time#377 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Oil Can Boyd

    Baseball player
    Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd (born October 6, 1959) is a former starting pitcher in Major League...  more

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    Coy Bacon

    American football player
    Lander McCoy Bacon (August 30, 1942 – December 22, 2008) was a professional American football...  more
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    Jimmy Smith

    American football player
    Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more


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    Bobby Curtis

    American football player
    Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football...  more
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    Tonea Stewart

    Educator, Actor
    Tonea Stewart (born February 3, 1947), also Tommie Stewart, is an American actress and...  more
  • 18

    John Outlaw

    American football player
    John L. Outlaw (born January 8, 1945) is a former American football defensive back in the...  more
  • 19

    Rashard Anderson

    American football player
    Rashard Anderson (born June 14, 1977) is a former American football cornerback in the NFL who...  more
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    David Windham

    American football player
    David Rogers Windham (born March 14, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football...  more
  • 21

    Lem Barney

    American football player
    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native...  more
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    Eddie Payton

    Coach, American football player
    Edward Charles Payton Jr. (born August 3, 1951 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a former American...  more
  • 23

    Leon Gray

    American football player
    Leon Gray (November 15, 1951 – November 11, 2001) was an American football tackle in the...  more
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    Ricky Patton

    American football player
    Ricky Patton (born April 6, 1954) is a former professional American football player who played...  more
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    Leon Seals

    American football player
    Leon Seals, Jr. (born January 30, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American...  more