MEAC To Be Well-Represented At Super Bowl LI On and Off The Field
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will be represented at Super Bowl LI with a pair of former standouts on the Atlanta Falcons roster.
Former Bethune-Cookman standout wide receiver Eric Weems and North Carolina A&T State cornerback Deji Olatoye played a role in Atlanta’s 44-21 rout over Green Bay on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. This marks the Falcons’ first Super Bowl appearance since 1999.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Weems joins Larry Little (Super Bowls VI, VIII and VIII), Maulty Moore (Super Bowl VII) and Nick Collins (Super Bowl XLV) as Wildcats who have played for an NFL championship. He finished his BCU career with 178 receptions, 2,533 receiving yards and a combined 24 touchdowns en route to All-MEAC First Team honors in 2006.
Olatoye completed his two-year career at North Carolina A&T State with 78 tackles and five interceptions. A second-year NFL player, Olatoye spent the 2015 season with Dallas before moving on to Atlanta in early September.
The MEAC also has a connection with Atlanta’s opponent in the New England Patriots. New England rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts was the 2012 MEAC Freshman of the Year at Morgan State before transferring.
In addition to the current players, nine MEAC legends will also be honored as the NFL will recognize Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCUs with an on-field, pregame ceremony at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Larry Little (Bethune-Cookman), Bob “Bullet” Hayes (Florida A&M), Leroy Kelly, Willie Lanier, Len Ford and Roosevelt Brown (Morgan State), Elvin Bethea (North Carolina A&T State), Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State), Harry Carson (South Carolina State) and Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore).