Here is a rare gem that will make Tennessee State University football fans smile. Linked is the telecast of the 1965 Grantland Rice Bowl, between the Big Blue Tigers and Ball State University. The game was a rare matchup between the Tigers and Ball State, a predominantly white university, located in Muncie, Indiana.
This video (linked below) is an opportunity to get a glimpse of TSU quarterback Eldridge Dickey (No.10), who many longtime TSU observers still consider the greatest player in the history of the program. Also playing on both the offensive and defensive line for TSU was Claude Humphrey (No. 75), who would go on to have a Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.
And those TSU fans who have heard of the legend, Nolan ‘Supernat’ Smith (No. 1), will see the speedster in action. I will not spoil the outcome for you, just in case you may not know about this game. All I can say is stay tuned to the final moments.
Although this was not one of Dickey’s best games, it is clear you could see the sophomore was a special. Dickey would go on to throw 74 touchdowns in his TSU career, and become a first round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 1968. He was a gifted athlete, and his style of play is reminiscent of what Cam Newton is doing today.
Linked below is the 1965 Grantland Rice Bowl.