Grambling State University
Tiger pride runs deep, and loud, at this small but celebrated SWAC powerhouse in rural north Louisiana. Founded in 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School, Grambling State is renowned among America’s historically black universities for the fortunes and fame of its legendary athletes and coaches, and for its World Famed Tiger Marching Band that’s performed in Super Bowls, All-Star games and Presidential inaugurations. No fewer than 200 Tiger football players, including Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, have gone on to NFL careers, and former coach Eddie Robinson still holds the record for most career wins at an NCAA Division I school, tallying 408 wins in his storied, 57-year career.
Top Rivals:
Southern University, Prairie View A&M
Style Facts:
Donned in black and gold (with red as a tertiary color symbolizing the blood of people of African descent), Grambling fans, the Gram Fam, represent the “G” with a fervor second to none in this football-crazy state. Each Thanksgiving weekend, Grambling State plays its arch rival, Southern University, in the annual "Bayou Classic," which is broadcast nationally from the Louisiana Superdome.