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James “Red” Allen
One of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s most prolific basketball players of all time, James “Red”Allen possessed an exceptional shooting skill and was a natural defender. That combination that made him one of the finest players to ever come out of the state of Florida.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Allen led UAPB (then Arkansas AM&N) in scoring four straight seasons (1960-1964). He was a four-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection who also earned NAIA Division I All-America honors. Allen finished his career at UAPB scoring 2,837 career points and is the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Allen finished the 1962-63 season as the SWAC’s leading scorer, averaging 27.1 points per game. At the conclusion of that season, he was selected to play on the United States All-Star team that performed against the Russian All-Star team, where he led the American All-Stars in scoring. The U.S. All-Star team included NBA Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed, Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls and Luke Jackson, the 1964 NBA Rookie of the Year.
In his junior season of competition (1962-63), Allen set the SWAC’s record for most free throws made in a game as he went a perfect 19-for-19 from the charity stripe against Southern University. He also set the school record for most points in a game with a 56-point performance in a 129-124 win over Willis Reed and Grambling State in front of a capacity crowd at Hazzard Gymnasium on the campus of UAPB.
After he graduated from Arkansas AM&N, Allen toured five years with the Harlem Clowns. He made five commercials for Nike which were featured in the Soul of the Game by John Huet.
Allen has been enshrined into two halls of fames. He is a 1999 inductee into the Palm Beach (Florida) County Sports Hall of Fame and was a 2006 inductee into the SWAC Hall of Fame.
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L.C. Henderson Greenwood was a four-year letter winner in football at Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) from 1965 to 1969. Greenwood was a four-year starter on the Golden Lions’ defensive line and was a 1968 Ebony All-American and an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection.
Greenwood was selected in the 10th of round of the 1969 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his 13-year career with the Steelers, he was a member of the team's famed “Steel Curtain” defense and a member of four Super Bowl championship teams (IX, X XII, XIV).
In the 1971 season with the Steelers, Greenwood led the team in quarterback sacks with 8.5. He finished his career in Pittsburgh with 73.5 career sacks and is only the second player in franchise history to accomplish such a feat.
Greenwood is a six-time Pro Bowl selection (1973-1976, 1978, 1979), a two-time first team All-Pro selection (1974, 1975), a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Time Team (50th Season). In 1991, Greenwood was named to the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.
Upon retiring from the NFL, Greenwood was a partner in an engineering firm, owner of a distribution company and an owner of an electrical supply company. He served on several boards until his passing.
A native of Canton, Miss., Greenwood has been enshrined and honored on several occasions. In 2006, his high school, Canton High School, honored him by retiring his number 71 jersey and inducting him into their Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the SWAC of Fame in 2004, the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2015, the MEAC/SWAC Legends Hall of Fame; the Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1996; the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Arkansas AM&N/UAPB Hall of Fame in 2000.