Every athlete dreams of competing and playing at a higher level. Three former Southern University football stars were recently drafted to continue their football careers in the XFL. Defensive end Aaron Tiller, Wide receiver Willie Quinn, and star running back Lenard Tillery have all been blessed with an opportunity to compete professionally.
All three of these athletes played big roles in Southern University’s football program in recent years. Aaron Tiller was an absolute force on the defensive line. Willie Quinn exemplified superb athleticism and his explosive play making capabilities during his career on the Bluff. Lenard Tillery has arguably one of the best highlight reels in the history of Southern University football. Tillery ensured him a spot in both the SWAC and Southern hall of fame after becoming the all-time rushing yards leader in conference history. From a walk on to a star, his story truly tells the story of how hard work and dedication helps overcome doubt from others and within.
These are only a few players of many talented athletes that have made their way and laid their legacy through the bluff. Southern is known to produce talent that excels at the professional level. Star cornerback/special teams player Danny Johnson who currently plays in the NFL for the Washington Redskins is another standout player that worked hard and proved himself to have the skillset to be able to compete with the best of the best. Former Southern defensive back Demario Houston, has recently signed a contract to compete in the Canadian Football League (CFL) after an amazing collegiate career.
It is a blessing to be able to play at the collegiate level, but you must be special to be selected to play professional. These gentlemen will go on to do amazing things at the professional level of play and always represent as Southern greats. This opportunity gives them a chance to gain experience at the next level and further perfect their craft. Some of the all-time greats in the game came from HBCUs.
It shows the rest of the world that HBCUs have athletes just as, if not more skilled than their counterparts at PWIs who have more exposure to pro scouts because of the hype surrounding their programs. However, many scouts should be careful not to make the mistake of overlooking a once in a lifetime talent that exists right here at HBCUs. Scouts recruit for one reason only and that is to win. At Southern, our athletes know a thing or two about winning because that is what the program places an emphasis; winning and becoming crowned champions. Players from HBCUs continue to prove the critics and doubters wrong as they exceed other people’s expectations.