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ECSU's Johnnie Walton a finalist for the Black College Football Hall of Fame

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Johnnie Walton, former NFL backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, poses for a photograph at Roebuck Stadium in Elizabeth City, Friday, February 2, 2018.

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From staff reports

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Former Elizabeth City State quarterback Johnnie Walton is one of 25 finalist for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

The organization made the announcement Thursday.

Walton played at ECSU from 1965-1968 and had a stop in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. He spent four notable seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 – 1979.

Walton also played professionally in the defunct Continental Football League and the USFL.

According to the Hall of Fame, the finalists were selected from a field of over 150 nominees by a 12-member Selection Committee composed of prominent journalists, commentators, historians, former NFL General Managers and football executives.

“We congratulate the finalists for the Class of 2019,” said James “Shack” Harris, Black College Football Co-Founder and 2012 Inductee. “Each of these finalists made a significant impact on the game of football, both in college and the professional ranks.”

Other finalists include: Joe “747” Adams, Coy Bacon, Dwaine Board, Emerson Boozer, Greg Coleman, Kevin Dent, Hugh Douglas, Donald Driver, Earl “Air” Harvey, James Hunter, Richard “Tombstone” Jackson, Henry Lawrence, Frank Lewis, Robert Mathis, Tyrone McGriff, John “Big Train” Moody, Timmy Newsome, Nate Newton, John Taylor, Erik Williams, Roynell Young, Willard Bailey, Arnett “Ace” Mumford and Joe Taylor.

The inductees will be announced Oct. 25.

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