John H. Alford, South Carolina State - Alford 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). As part of the 1980 team that went 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC, the 1980 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year led his team in tackles and was named an All-MEAC first team honoree and was selected to the Black College All-Star Team.
Alford was also a member of the Bulldog wrestling team. He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Alford was inducted into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and was 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.