A Virginia businessman who is a Morgan State University alum and former National Football League standout donated $500,000 to his alma mater help establish an endowed lectureship in business ethics, the university announced Thursday.

The gift from 1967 graduate Willie E. Lanier will establish the lectureship in his names at the university's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. Lanier, who played football at Morgan, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 after playing middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 to 1977.

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Lanier is a senior advisor at investment advisory firm Cary Street Partners in Fredericksburg, Va., and also is president of his own advisory firm, Lanier Group LLC.

"Athletics provided the means for my education," Lanier said in a statement. "Committing to this lectureship allows me to build upon the things I learned as a student in the business school and make a positive contribution to an area that touches all aspects of what we do in life — ethics."

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