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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Northwestern State University and be of some renown.

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

Examples include Jackie Smith and Ed Orgeron.

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

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Joe Delaney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Joe Alton Delaney was an American football running back who played two seasons in the National Football League. In his two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Delaney set four franchise records ...more

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Speedy Long is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer Speedy Oteria Long was a Jena lawyer who was a Democratic U.S. Representative from central Louisiana between 1965 and 1973. Prior to his tenure in the since disbanded Eighth Congressional ...more

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Jimmy D. Long is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer Jimmy Dale Long, Sr., is a Democratic former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He represented District 23 from 1968 until 2000, being the "dean" of the Louisiana House ...more

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Henry C. Dethloff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer Henry Clay Dethloff is a professor emeritus of history at Texas A&M University in College Station who has written more than two dozen books on topics ranging from the space program to ...more

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Arnold R. Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Banker Arnold Roy Kilpatrick was a Louisiana educator and businessman who was the president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches from 1966 to 1978.

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Politician, Lawyer Charles Emmett "Cap" Barham was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1952 to 1956, who is credited with having made the office independent of the governor. Prior to his ...more

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John B. Fournet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Lawyer, Teacher John Baptiste Fournet was a Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, lieutenant governor of his state, and associate justice and Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was an ...more

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Bill Dodd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William Joseph "Bill" Dodd held five important positions in Louisiana government in the mid-twentieth century, including the offices of state representative, lieutenant governor, state ...more

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Dennis Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance broker, Businessperson, Politician Harold Dennis Freeman, known as Dennis Freeman, was the mayor of Logansport, a town adjacent to the Sabine River in DeSoto Parish in northwestern Louisiana from 1984 until his death. His ...more

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Donald G. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Lawyer Donald Gene Kelly, usually known as Don Kelly, is a prominent trial lawyer and American Quarter Horse breeder in Natchitoches who served as a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from ...more

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Terrence McGee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Terrence Dewayne McGee is a former American football cornerback and kick returner in the National Football League. He was drafted by Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Sammy Joe Odom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance broker, Businessperson, Official Samuel Joseph Odom, known as Sammy Joe Odom, was an American football player for the Houston Oilers, the Northwestern State University Demons in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and the Minden High ...more

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Kenny Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Kenny Wright American football player Kenneth Dewayne "Kenny" Wright is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football ...more

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Mike Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Michael Wayne Green is a former American football safety and cornerback. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Jean M. Doerge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Jean McGlothlin Doerge is a retired school teacher and a Democratic former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Minden, who represented District 10 from the death in 1998 of her ...more

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A. A. Fredericks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician Albert Asa Fredericks was an educator and a Democratic politician from Natchitoches, Louisiana, who was affiliated with the powerful Long political faction. Beginning in 1932 he served four ...more

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Mark Duper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Mark "Super" Duper is an American former football wide receiver who played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League from 1982 to 1992. He played collegiately at ...more

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Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Jackie Larue Smith is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. He played tight end for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys from 1963 to 1978. He ...more

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Jerry Fowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Athlete Jerry Marston Fowler was a Baton Rouge businessman who served as Louisiana's state Elections Commissioner from 1980 until his defeat in the 1999 nonpartisan blanket primary. He was part of the ...more

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David Pittman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player David Earl Pittman is a former American Football and Canadian football cornerback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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D. C. Wimberly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Teacher Duvall Cortez Wimberly, Sr., was a United States Army soldier taken prisoner of war in the European theater of World War II and a past national commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War, a ...more

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Everett Doerge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Everett Gail Doerge was an American state legislator who served as a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 10 from January 1992 until his death in office.

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Mary Evelyn Parker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist Mary Evelyn Dickerson Parker was a Democrat who served as the Louisiana state treasurer from 1968 to 1987, the first woman to have held the position. Prior to her tenure as treasurer, Parker, a ...more

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W. Ray Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance Walter Ray Scott, Sr., usually known as W. Ray Scott, was from 1960 to 1976 the Democratic mayor of Natchitoches, the oldest city in Louisiana. As mayor, he is primarily remembered for his work ...more

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Robert DeBlieux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Historian Robert Buford DeBlieux, usually known as Bobby DeBlieux, was a historian, preservationist, painter, an author, businessman, and a former Democratic mayor of Natchitoches, the oldest city in the ...more

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Ed Orgeron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, Actor Edward Orgeron, Jr. is an American college football coach. Orgeron served as the head football coach of the Ole Miss Rebels from 2005 to 2007 and was the interim head coach for the USC Trojans ...more

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Charlie Tolar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Charlie Tolar was an early American Football League star. Tolar attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At Northwestern, Tolar was twice Gulf States Conference MVP and still holds ...more

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Craig Nall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Craig Nall American football player Craig Matthew Nall is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU and Northwestern ...more

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John Stephens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player John Milton Stephens was a professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft. At 6 feet 1 inch and 220 pounds, he was a ...more

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Al Edwards is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Al Edwards American football player Al Edwards is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Northwestern State University.

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Eugene P. Watson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Librarian, Professor Eugene Payne Watson was from 1940 until his death the head librarian and professor of library science at Northwestern State University in his native Natchitoches, Louisiana. He fought to gain ...more

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Keith Thibodeaux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Keith Thibodeaux American football player Keith Trevis Thibodeaux is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for four different teams from 1997 to 2001. He played college football at Northwestern State ...more

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Floyd Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Floyd Turner American football player Floyd Turner, Jr. is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played nine seasons for New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts, and the ...more

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Gerald Long is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Teacher Gerald Long, is a rare Republican member of the traditionally Democratic Long political dynasty in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Specifically, he is a third cousin of the late Governors Huey ...more

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A. P. Tugwell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician Andrew Patrick Tugwell, Sr., known as A. P. "Pat" Tugwell, was the Democratic state treasurer of Louisiana from 1936-1968. His 32-year tenure in the position is a state record. Tugwell ...more

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Foster Campbell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Foster Campbell Businessperson, Politician Foster Lonnie Campbell, Jr., is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party from the state of Louisiana. He has been a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission since 2003, ...more

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Marcus Spears is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Marcus Spears American football player Marcus DeWayne Spears is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He was selected with the tenth pick of the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of ...more

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Bobby Hebert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Bobby Joseph Hebert Jr.,; born August 19, 1960 is an American sportscaster who is best known as a retired Pro bowl American football quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. He played ...more

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B. L. Shaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher B. L. "Buddy" Shaw is a Republican former member of the Louisiana State Senate from Caddo and Bossier parishes in the northwestern corner of Louisiana. He defeated fellow Republican ...more

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Morgan D. Peoples is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Professor Morgan Dewey Peoples was a historian who coauthored with Michael L. Kurtz a biography of the Louisiana Governor Earl Kemp Long. Peoples was a member of the history faculty of Louisiana Tech ...more

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Charlie Hennigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Charles Taylor Hennigan, Sr., known as Charlie Hennigan, is a retired American football player with the former Houston Oilers who resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Petey Perot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Petey Perot American football player Edward Joseph "Petey" Perot is a former professional American football offensive lineman. He started in Super Bowl XV for the Philadelphia Eagles. Perot played college football at ...more

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Randy Hilliard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Randy Hilliard is a former American football defensive back who played for three teams with the National Football League. Hilliard was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1990 NFL Draft out ...more

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Joe R. Salter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Joe R. Salter Teacher Joe Reece Salter is the director of governmental affairs of the Louisiana State Department of Education and a Democratic former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 1986, he ...more

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Jesse L. Boucher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Real Estate Broker Jesse L. Boucher was a north Louisiana insurance agency owner and large-scale real estate developer who also served from 1958 to 1962 as the mayor of his native Springhill in northern Webster

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Tory Collins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Tory Collins American football player Tory Collins is an American football player who currently plays for the Sioux Falls Storm in the Indoor Football League. He was originally an undrafted defensive tackle from Northwestern State ...more

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Sherry Boucher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Real Estate Broker, Actor Sherry Lynn Boucher is a former American actress. She is now a Realtor in Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana. The younger sister of actress Savannah Smith Boucher, she was once married to ...more

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Kenta Bell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Kenta Bell is an American track and field athlete who competes mainly in the triple jump. He won this event at the 2001 Universiade and the 2003 national championship. Bell has also finished ...more

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Billy Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Billy Wayne Montgomery, often known as Coach Montgomery, is a former educator who represented the Bossier City-based District 9 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1988-2008. He was ...more

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Gary Reasons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player Gary Phillip Reasons is a former American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League, winning Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV as a member of the team.