When Greg Lloyd took the field on Sunday’s during his time with the Steelers as their leader of the defense during the 1990’s, he was one of the most fierce competitors that took the field every week.
Lloyd always had a motor that never stopped, and made him one of the most dangerous players on the field, sacking quarterbacks, chasing down running backs, and making gestures to intimidate.
For his efforts as one of the best linebackers in the 1990’s, Lloyd is one of the seven players that will be inducted in BCFHOF (Black College Football Hall of Fame).
The ceremony for Lloyd will take place on February 10th of 2018.
Lloyd attended Fort Valley State in Georgia, a Division II school, where he flourished. He was a three-time All-SIAC selection and in his senior season he was named the SIAC Player of the Year.
“I still felt like coming out of college I got disrespected,” said Lloyd. “Schools where I wanted to go, weren’t interested in me. I was the number two linebacker coming out of high school, but schools thought I was too small. I came in with a chip on my shoulder. I thought other linebackers that came in that year didn’t have anything on me other than they went to Alabama, Georgia, or Florida. Back then I just wanted to play, but still had that chip on my shoulder. People would ask about Fort Valley State College. In practice I would be like, I am going to show them what Fort Valley State is all about.”
Teaming up with Kevin Greene from 1993 to 1995, the pair was the best duo of outside linebackers in the game, and they made life tough as the Steelers developed ‘Blitzburg’ under head coach Bill Cowher and defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
They helped the Steelers get to Super Bowl XXX, and in the second half of that game dominated the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys as the Steelers with less than five minutes to go found themselves down just three at 20-17 before a turnover killed their chances at a comeback.
“Honestly, being a part of the Steelers linebacker legacy, I feel privileged and humbled at the same time.”
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Harold Carmichael (Southern), Raymond Chester (Morgan State), Thomas Henderson (Langston), Leo Lewis (Lincoln), Everson Walls (Grambling State) and Coach Bill Hayes (Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T).
Congrats to #95!