Friday, August 31, 2012

GSU opens against Alcorn

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - Alcorn State's Jay Hopson said he has fielded "8,000 questions" regarding his becoming the SWAC's first white football coach this summer.  Grambling's Doug Williams, whose Tigers open the season against the Braves, can empathize.

Williams is still answering questions about his place in history as the first black quarterback to play in and only black quarterback to win a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins' 42-10 victory Jan. 31, 1988.

Hopson in particular downplayed the importance of his own race-related distinction, but both men understand the interest in their respective roles.

"That's the great thing about football is football's not a political game," the Alcorn State coach said. "We're just gonna try to do what we came here to do and do everything in our power to build a successful program."


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