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HBCU Money™ Presents: 2016’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


In our 4th annual installment of tracking the highest paid HBCU alumni who are NFL players, Tennessee State University, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie claims the top spot. This is the first year that the Indianapolis Colts have not had the highest paid HBCU player.


  • HBCU NFL players combine for $56.4 million, an almost 10 percent increase from 2015, when HBCU NFL players earned $51.44 million.
  • South Carolina State University leads the way with 5 NFL players.
  • 15 HBCUs are represented in the NFL. Up from 14 in 2015.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2.08 million, an increase from $2 million in 2015.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $965 000, down 15 percent from 2015.

D. Rodgers-Cromartie – Tennessee State University

Cornerback / New York Giants / $8.0 million

William Hayes – Winston-Salem State University

Defensive End / St. Louis Rams / $7.0 million

Antoine Bethea – Howard University

Safety / San Francisco 49ers /$6.02 million

Marquette King – Fort Valley State University

Punter / Oakland Raiders / $5.05 million

Robert Mathis – Alabama A&M University

Outside Linebacker / Indianapolis Colts / $5.0 million

Chris Baker – Hampton University

Defensive End / Washington Redskins / $4.27 million

Kendall Langford – Hampton University

Defensive End / Indianapolis Colts / $4.25 million

Terron Armstead – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Left Tackle / New Orleans Saints / $3.07 million

Larry Donnell – Grambling State University

Tight End / New York Giants / $1.67 million

Rafael Bush – South Carolina State University

Free Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.26 million

Anthony Levine – Tennessee State University

Free Safety / Baltimore Ravens / $1.2 million

Eric Weems – Bethune-Cookman University

Wide Receiver / Atlanta Falcons/ $1.1 million

Don Carey – Norfolk State University

Strong Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.0 million

Justin Durant – Hampton University

Inside Linebacker / Dallas Cowboys / $965,000

Greg Toler – Saint Paul’s College

Cornerback / Washington Redskins / $840,000

Ryan Davis – Bethune-Cookman University

Defensive End / Dallas Cowboys / $675,000

Rodney Gunter – Delaware State University

Defensive End / Arizona Cardinals / $652,479

Javon Hargrave – South Carolina State University

Defensive Tackle / Pittsburgh Steelers / $623,314

Demetrius Rhaney – Tennessee State University

Center / St. Louis Rams / $611,474

Isaiah Crowell – Alabama State University

Running Back / Cleveland Browns / $603,334

Ryan Smith – North Carolina Central University

Cornerback / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / $598,040

Joe Thomas – South Carolina State University

Outside Linebacker / Green Bay Packers / $525,000

Temarrick Hemingway – South Carolina State University

Tight End / St. Louis Rams / $489,896

Antonio Hamilton – South Carolina State University

Safety / Oakland Raiders / $450,000

Anthony Lanier – Alabama A&M University

Defensive End /Washington Redskins / $450,000

Chester Rogers – Grambling State University

Wide Receiver / Indianapolis Colts / $450,000

Zamir Charles – Stillman College

Defensive Tackle / San Diego Chargers / $333,000


2013’s Top 20 HBCU Rankings By Total R&D Expenditures


HBCUs appear to have taken a step back in the research field according to the latest National Science Foundation data. In 2012, research expenditures for the top 20 HBCUs combined for $455.1 million, while 2013 combines for $450.7 million. This represents a one percent drop year over year. The top 20 HWCU research institutions saw an almost twenty three percent increase over the same period.

  • The top ranked HBCU is Florida A&M University at 197 and the twentieth ranked Virginia State University is listed at 327 in America’s college research landscape.
  • MEAC leads the way with six schools versus the SWAC with four.
  • Division II/III schools also comprise four schools on the list.
  • Overall, the 1890 HBCUs are fifty percent of the list highlighting agriculture’s importance role in HBCU research.
  1. Florida A&M University – $51,149,000
  2. Howard University – $42,789,000
  3. Morehouse School of Medicine – $36,638,000
  4. Jackson State University – $36,264,000
  5. North Carolina A&T State University – $33,994,000
  6. Alabama A&M University – $32,937,000
  7. Meharry Medical College – $22,532,000
  8. Tuskegee University – $21,150,000
  9. University of Virgin Islands – $20,041,000
  10. Charles Drew University – $18,547,000
  11. Delaware State University – $17,295,000
  12. Fisk University – $16,423,000
  13. Tennessee State University – $16,177,000
  14. Morgan State University – $15,475,000
  15. Prairie View A&M University – $13,198,000
  16. South Carolina State University – $13,159,000
  17. Hampton University – $12,461,000
  18. Alcorn State University – $11,315,000
  19. Morehouse College – $9,581,000
  20. Virginia State University – $9,535,000

TOP 20 COMBINED TOTAL: $450.7 million ($455.1 million)

Additional Notes

The HWCU-HBCU gap for research among top 20 research institutions is 50:1

Top 20 HWCUs Combined: $22.5 billion ($18.3 billion)

Top 20 Average HWCU – $1.1 billion ($910 million) vs. Top 20 Average HBCU – $22.5 million ($23 million)

Top 20 Median HWCUs – $969.8 million vs. Top 20 Median HBCU – $17.9 million

Source: National Science Foundation

The HBCU Endowment Feature – South Carolina State University


School Name: South Carolina State University

Median Cost of Attendance: $21 700

Undergraduate Population: 3 744

Endowment Needed: $1 624 896 000

Analysis: South Carolina State University needs approximately $1.6 billion for all of its undergraduates to attend debt free. The university is located just over 2 hours from Charlotte, NC and almost 4 hours from Atlanta, GA. Currently, it has approximately 0.3 percent of the endowment needed. There might not be a more “famous” board of trustees in HBCU nation over the past few years – some would prefer the word infamy. The board has lacked vision and cohesion for a number of years which has recently resulted in a significant turnover of the board. This occurring while new leadership was being brought in to head the day to day operations and lay out a new vision of the university. That amount of turmoil can make even the most loyal alum or friendly donor wary of giving. The new leadership must hit the ground running and create a concise, clear, and present vision that the school and its alumni can buy into both for morale and giving. South Carolina State University has produced 6 HBCU presidents from its womb so its DNA is something to behold. As the only public HBCU in the state of South Carolina with an African American population roughly 1.5 million, the university should and could be double if not triple its current size. Given that endowments and donations is largely a numbers a game, when you have a monopoly like South Carolina State University has you must exploit it. Also being the only public HBCU in the state means it is the only one with the ability to scale a graduate program to size and could use that moving advantage to pipeline the other 5 private HBCUs into its graduate programs where it could indeed produce more high quality donors. South Carolina State University is truly a diamond in the rough but showing what happens with poor leadership from boards and administrations that can hold back if not almost dismantle a storied institution. This storied institution has all the ingredients – leadership to be determined – to have unimaginable success. We will see what fate its future holds sooner rather than later.

As always it should be noted that endowments provide a myriad of subsidies to the university for everything from scholarship, faculty & administration salaries, research, and much more.