Tuskegee University Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Greenville native
Published 6:27 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Kenneth Crum was joined by family and friends on what he calls one of the most special Friday nights of his life as the Greenville native joined the hallowed ranks of athletes inducted into the Tuskegee University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Crum was inducted in late September alongside Frank Leftwich, Willie Pennington, Howrhu Self, Bruce W. Randolph, David Ogletree, Barry Robinson, Roosevelt Jordan, Rudy Deveaux and Georginna Lockett Wright to make for one of the largest groups of inductees to the school’s hall of fame in recent memory.
Crum made the shortlist of honorees due to his many notable attributes on the gridiron for the Gold Tigers, including his status as a four-year starter at the quarterback position, two consecutive Turkey Day Classic victories over rival Alabama State University and distinction as the 1979 Tuskegee Gold Tiger Freshman of the Year, Crum said that an induction ceremony was beyond his wildest dreams.
“When I got the scholarship to Tuskegee, my main objective was to, No. 1, obtain an education, and No. 2, do the best that I could on the football field to show that I was worthy of this scholarship,” Crum said.
“The Hall of Fame, accolades or awards never entered my mind—not for one moment.”
Even after the fact, Crum said he remained just as humbled by the experience as he did upon finding out he’d made the list.
“I still haven’t wrapped my mind all the way around the magnitude of it,” Crum said. “I’m very humbled to even be considered being inducted. It was one of the most awe-inspiring events that I’ve ever been a part of.”
Though Crum’s football prowess took him to Tuskegee, he began his career as a Tiger of a different stripe at Greenville High School.
He said that it was the influence of Frank Lucas, Greenville High School’s agriculture teacher at the time, that led to him playing for Tuskegee.
Upon his arrival at Tuskegee, Crum contended with seven other candidates for the quarterback position, ultimately winning the starting spot and becoming a four-year starter in the process.
Crum graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s of science in business administration. He is now the owner of B&N Travel, LLC, named after his children, Brandon and Nealy, who were also in attendance.
Crum said that it was being surrounded by those who meant the world to him, including his aforementioned children as well as his teammates, that made the night truly one to remember.
“To be able to go into the hall of fame with my peers—some of the guys that I played with at Tuskegee—and to have my family and friends and people from Greenville there was the most memorable part of the night.
With people that I threw touchdowns to, that I handed the ball off to… that was amazing.”