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

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Michael Strahan and Yolanda Adams.

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

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Barbara Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Barbara Jordan Politician, Lawyer Barbara Charline Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first ...more

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Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Yolanda Adams Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Radio personality Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host on WBLS. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and ...more

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Craig Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Craig Washington Politician, Lawyer Craig Anthony Washington is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Texas who served in the Texas State Senate and the United States House of Representatives. The son of Roy and ...more

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Michael Strahan Film Producer, Actor, Presenter Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Al Green Politician, Lawyer Alexander N. "Al" Green is the U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district includes most of southwestern Houston, including most of ...more

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Senfronia Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Senfronia Thompson Lawyer, Teacher Senfronia Thompson is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 141st District since 1972. Thompson is the former Dean of Women Legislators in Texas. She has ...more

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Larry Leon Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Larry Leon Palmer Larry Leon Palmer is an American diplomat, appointed to serve as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in 2012. He was the United States Ambassador to Honduras from ...more

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Hank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Hank Johnson Politician Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based in ...more

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Oliver Celestin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Oliver Celestin American football player Oliver Celestin, Jr. is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Texas

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Rodney Ellis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Rodney Ellis Lawyer Rodney Glenn Ellis is the state senator for Texas' 13th state senate district. The district contains portions of Harris County, including downtown Houston, and Fort Bend County. He is a member ...more

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Harry E. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Harry E. Johnson Lawyer A career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant, Harry E. Johnson, is a Partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson in Houston, Texas. He served as City Attorney for Kendelton, Texas from ...more

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Mickey Leland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Mickey Leland Politician George Thomas "Mickey" Leland was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was a Democrat. ...more

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Bobby Reid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Bobby Reid American football player Bobby Reid is a former American football quarterback. He was formerly of the Texas Southern University Tigers and Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Reid played high school football at Galena ...more

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Kirk Whalum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Kirk Whalum Songwriter, Musician Kirk Whalum is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the ...more

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Nate Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Nate Allen American football player Nathaniel Sheraldton Allen is a former American football cornerback who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Texas Southern.

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Homer Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Homer Jones American football player Homer Carroll Jones is a former American football wide receiver, who played for the National Football League's New York Giants from 1964 to 1969, and for the Cleveland Browns in 1970.

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Julius Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Julius Adams American football player Julius Adams was a defensive lineman in the NFL. For his entire career he played for the New England Patriots. He is the father of former NFL player, Keith Adams.

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Brett Maxie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Brett Maxie Coach, American football player Brett Derrell Maxie is a former professional American football defensive back who played 13 seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and the San ...more

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Ken Burrough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Ken Burrough American football player Kenneth Othell Burrough is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft. A 6'4", 210 lb wide receiver ...more

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Calvin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Calvin Muhammad American football player Calvin Saleem Muhammad was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers. He played college football ...more

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Warren Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Warren Wells American football player Warren Wells is a former American college and Professional Football player, who played wide receiver for five seasons, one for the NFL's Detroit Lions and, after spending two years in the U.S. ...more

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Willie Ellison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Willie Ellison American football player William Henry Ellison is a former American football running back who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. Sporting #33, he ...more

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Leroy Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Leroy Mitchell American football player Leroy Mitchell is a former American collegiate and Professional Football cornerback. He played collegiately at Texas Southern. In 1967 he joined the Boston Patriots of the American Football ...more

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Winston Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Winston Hill American football player Winston Hill is a former American college and professional football player. Hill hails from Joaquin, Texas. His father, the late Garfield Hill, served as principal of Weldon High School in ...more

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Woody Sauldsberry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Woody Sauldsberry Basketball player Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry Jr. July 11, 1934 – September 2007 was an American National Basketball Association player. Sauldsberry was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana and graduated from ...more

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Lloyd Mumphord is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lloyd Mumphord American football player Lloyd N. Mumphord is a former defensive Back who played collegiately for Texas Southern University and ten seasons in American Pro Football. He played professionally for the Miami Dolphins of ...more

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W. K. Hicks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
W. K. Hicks American football player Wilmer Kenzie Hicks is a former professional American football defensive back for the American Football League's Houston Oilers from 1964–1969, and for the National Football League's New York ...more

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Don Narcisse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Don Narcisse American football player Donald Narcisse is a former wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Texas Southern University. He signed with Saskatchewan ...more

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Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Fred Dean American football player Frederick Gregory Dean is a former American football guard from for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He later played with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States ...more

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Andy Rice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Andy Rice American football player Andy Rice was an American college and professional football player. He played collegiately for Texas Southern, and went to the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs in 1965. After ...more

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Noreen Khan-Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni

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Arthur Cox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Arthur Cox American football player Arthur Dean Cox is a former American football tight end in the National Football League.

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James West is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
James West James West was a linebacker who played twelve seasons in the Canadian Football League for three different teams. He won two Grey Cups for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Nickname Wild West, he played ...more

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Bennie Swain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Bennie Swain Basketball Coach, Basketball player Bennie S. Swain was an American professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center, Swain played at Texas Southern University in the 1950s. He led the nation in scoring during the ...more

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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Bobbi Humphrey Flautist, Singer Barbara Ann Humphrey is an American jazz flutist and singer who plays fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles. Bobbi Humphrey has performed for audiences around the world. She was born in Marlin, ...more

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Alonzo Bradley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Alonzo Bradley Alonzo Bradley is a retired American basketball player. Born in Utica, Mississippi, he played collegiately for Texas Southern University. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round ...more

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Stacey Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Stacey Thomas American football player Stacey Thomas is an American football strong safety. Thomas has played professionally in Europe since the 2009 season. He has represented Dauphins de Nice in France and Oulu Northern Lights and ...more

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Charley Frazier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Charley Frazier American football player Charley Frazier is a former American football wide receiver in the American Football League and the NFL.

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Cortez Hankton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Cortez Hankton American football player Cortez Hankton is a former American football wide receiver who is currently an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University. He was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free ...more

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Byron E. Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
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Ernie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Ernie Holmes Wrestler, Actor, Minister of religion Earnest Lee "Ernie" Holmes, also nicknamed "Fats", was an American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots of the ...more

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Joe Burch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Joe Burch American football player Joe Burch is a former American football offensive and defensive lineman.

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Musiliu Obanikoro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Musiliu Obanikoro Politician Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro is a Nigerian politician. He served as Senator for Lagos State from 2003–2007, and was later appointed High Commissioner to Ghana. He served as the Minister of State ...more

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Markus Howell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Markus Howell Markus Howell is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver and kick returner who is the Assistant Coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 ...more

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Robert Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor was an American track and field sprinter, winner of the gold medal in 4×100-meter relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is the father of former NFL player Bobby Taylor.

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Bert Askson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Bert Askson Bert Askson was a tight end and defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers. Askson was drafted by the ...more

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Ted Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Ted Dunbar Earl Theodore "Ted" Dunbar was a jazz guitarist, composer, and educator. He published four volumes on jazz. He trained as a pharmacist at Texas Southern University, but by the 1970s ...more

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Charles Philyaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Charles Philyaw Charles Henry Philyaw is a former American football player who played for the Oakland Raiders as a defensive end and was a member of the Raiders Super Bowl championship team of 1976-77. He ...more

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Conrad O. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Conrad O. Johnson Musician Conrad O. Johnson was an American music educator, long associated with the city of Houston, who was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2000. Born in Victoria, Texas, Conrad ...more

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Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Mary Onyali-Omagbemi Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is a Nigerian sprinter, who won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 1992 Olympic Games and in the 200 m at the 1996 Olympic Games. She also won the 1994 ...more