Aeneas Williams Award to honor college football's best defensive back from HBCU school

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Aeneas Williams celebrates an interception return for a touchdown for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2002.
Aeneas Williams celebrates an interception return for a touchdown for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2002.

Aeneas Williams Award to honor top HBCU defensive back

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, which presents the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award to NCAA Division I football's top defensive back, has implemented the Aeneas Williams Award. The Aeneas Williams Award will go to the top defensive back from a Division I Historically Black Colleges & Universities institution. The award will be based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.

The contribution of HBCUs to the landscape of college football and the National Football League has forever left an impact on the game. HBCUs hold a rich athletic tradition, tied to the game of football, that continues to exemplify the culture of these schools for over the past century.

“I am honored and grateful to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & the Jim Thorpe Association for this amazing opportunity to use my name to honor the nation’s top defensive back from Historically Black Colleges & Universities," Williams said in a release.

Williams was a junior walk-on at Southern University and led the nation in interceptions as a senior. The New Orleans native played in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. The cornerback played 14 seasons in the NFL, which included eight Pro Bowl selections.

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This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: College football: Top HBCU DB will receive Aeneas Williams Award