Former Steelers wide receiver Frank Lewis was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019, the 10th class to be inducted into the prestigious BCFHOF.
Lewis, the Steelers No. 1 pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, played seven seasons with the Steelers and a total of 13 in the NFL. Lewis was a member of two Steelers Super Bowl teams and started Super Bowl IX.
"It's hard to believe this," said Lewis during the enshrinement ceremony. "I was thinking are you sure. Did you make the right selection? They told me you earned it. You belong here. I sure appreciate that.
Lewis played college football at Grambling State, where he was a member of the team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 1968. Lewis was selected All-SWAC three times and finished his college career with 42 touchdowns.
Lewis is one of seven inductees for the Class of 2019, which also includes Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Hugh Douglas (Central State), Rich "Tombstone" Jackson (Southern), Timmy Newsome (Winston-Salem State), John Taylor (Delaware State) as player inductees, and Coach Arnett "Ace" Mumford (Jarvis Christian College, Bishop College, Texas College and Southern University).
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we congratulate the Class of 2019," said Doug Williams, BCFHOF Co-Founder and former inductee. "To be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in its first 10 years is quite an honor. Just take a look at those historical names."