SCSU's Alford Makes MEAC Hall of Fame

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NORFOLK, VA (SCSU SID) -- A former South Carolina State football standout is among five persons to be enshrined in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame later this year, the league announced Wednesday (Jan. 16).

Bulldog defensive stalwart John Alford, who played for the Bulldogs from 1977 to 1980, and the other members of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined during a brunch on Friday, March 15, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.

The group, which includes three student-athletes and two coaches, will also be recognized during the 2013 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 11-16, at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Virginia.

”I’d like to applaud the 2013 Hall of Fame class for all of their accomplishments both athletically and professionally”, said Dennis E. Thomas, MEAC Commissioner. “They have made significant contributions to their communities, institutions and the conference.”

Alford, a Dillon, SC native led a South Carolina State football defense that ranked among the best in NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) during his junior and senior seasons. The Bulldogs won three MEAC titles during his tenure (1977, 1978, 1980).The 1980 team went 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC. Alford was a first-team All-MEAC selection and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1980, when he led his team in tackles and was selected to play in the Black College All-Star contest.

Alford, who was also a member of the Bulldog wrestling team, was drafted in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. The Bulldog standout was inducted into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and named to the university’s Centennial (1907-2007) football team in 2007. He is currently a member and treasurer of the former South Carolina State Athletes Association.

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