Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls failed in his bid to gain election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend in Minneapolis.
But Walls is Hall of Fame bound on Saturday in Atlanta.
Walls, from Grambling State University, and former Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, from Langston University, will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Walls was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. He played with the Cowboys from 1981-89 after entering the league as an undrafted free agent. He also played with the New York Giants (1990-92) and Cleveland Browns (1992-93). He was a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection who finished his career with 57 interceptions. He led the NFL in interceptions three times.
Henderson played seven seasons in the NFL, including five with the Cowboys from 1975-79. Henderson, a first-round pick (18th overall) of the Cowboys in 1975, earned Pro Bowl honors in 1978.
Other members of the Class of 2018 include receiver Harold Carmichael (Southern), tight end Raymond Chester (Morgan State), running back Leo “Lincoln Locomotive” Lewis (Lincoln), linebacker Greg Lloyd (Fort Valley State) and Coach Bill Hayes (Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T).
“This class represents three Super Bowl rings, 18 Pro Bowl selections and several Black College Football championships,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 Inductee Doug Williams. “Take a look at what they’ve done off the field as well, and each has earned this incredible honor.”
The Ninth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons, takes place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.