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List Rules People 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he ...more

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 45 (1954-1999)

Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi, United States of America

Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Payton ...more

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Tim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 50

Birthplace: Gunnison, Mississippi

Tim Andre Barnett (born April 19, 1968 in Gunnison, Mississippi) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National ...more
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Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 71

Birthplace: Bolton, Mississippi, United States of America

Bennie Gordon Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district since 1993. A member of the Democratic ...more
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Patricia Jessamy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Hollandale, Mississippi, United States of America

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) 6 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 85

Birthplace: Monticello, Mississippi, United States of America

Roderick Raynor Paige (born June 17, 1933) 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 ...more
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James Meredith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni

Age: 85

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi

James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to ...more
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Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Utica, Mississippi

Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2010, ...more
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Cletis Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Amite City, Louisiana

Cletis Gordon (born April 23, 1983) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He played college ...more
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Rich Caster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

Richard C. Caster (born October 16, 1948) is a former American football wide receiver and tight end who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), mainly for the New York ...more
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Erik R. Fleming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 54

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Erik Robert Fleming (born February 2, 1965) is an American politician who was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District (which includes parts of Hinds ...more
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Cassandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 63

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed ...more

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Oil Can Boyd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi

Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd (born October 6, 1959) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox (1982–89), Montreal Expos (1990–91), and ...more

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Coy Bacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 66 (1942-2008)

Birthplace: Cadiz, Kentucky

Lander McCoy Bacon (August 30, 1942 – December 22, 2008) was a professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his ...more
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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Jimmy Smith American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college ...more

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Bobby Curtis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia

Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at ...more
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Tonea Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Educator, Actor

Age: 72

Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, United States of America

Tonea Stewart (born February 3, 1947), also Tommie Stewart, is an American actress and university professor. She is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Alabama State University ...more
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John Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 66 (1945-2011)

Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi

John L. Outlaw (born January 8, 1945) 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 ...more
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Rashard Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Forest, Mississippi

Rashard Anderson (born June 14, 1977) 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 (23rd ...more
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David Windham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
David Windham American football player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

David Rogers Windham (born March 14, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at ...more
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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi

Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he played college football at Jackson State from 1964 to 1966. He was ...more
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Eddie Payton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi

Edward Charles Payton Jr. (born August 3, 1951 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons in the NFL from 1977 to 1982 for the ...more
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Leon Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 50 (1951-2001)

Birthplace: Olive Branch, Mississippi

Leon Gray (November 15, 1951 – November 11, 2001) was an American football tackle in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints. Gray ...more
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Ricky Patton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Ricky Patton American football player

Age: 64

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan

Ricky Patton (born April 6, 1954) 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. ...more
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Leon Seals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Leon Seals, Jr. (born January 30, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League.Seals played college football at Jackson State ...more