Three men with local ties will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 class. Former Morgan State coach Earl Banks and offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown will join Art Shell, who was an offensive tackle at UMES when it was Maryland State College, in the hall's second class, it was announced Thursday. Banks spent 14 years as Morgan's coach, amassing an .839 win-loss percentage. He was Morgan's athletic director from 1970 to 1983 and died in 1993. Brown, a Black All-American in 1951 and 1952, was a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall in 1975 after spending 13 seasons with the New York Giants. Brown died in 2004. Shell, 63, was an All-American twice and All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association three times; he was a key member of the Oakland Raiders' wins in Super Bowls XI and XV and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall in 1989. The other members of the class are Lem Barney (Jackson State), Mel Blount (Southern), Willie Davis (Grambling), "Bullet" Bob Hayes ( Florida A&M;), Joe Kendall (Kentucky State), Doug Williams (Grambling), long-time coach Willie Jeffries (South Carolina State, Wichita State, Howard) and Collie J. Nicholson, the former sports information director for Grambling. The induction ceremony will be in February in Atlanta.
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