Long awaited game between 2 historic Louisiana programs confirmed
For the first time in school history, Grambling State University will face the 2020 NCAA college football national champions, LSU, athletic director Dr. David Ponton announced recently.
LSU will host the Grambling State Tigers on Sept. 9, 2023 in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
“We are excited about the opportunity to compete against LSU,” said Ponton. “We feel this historic first meeting will highlight the rich legacy and winning traditions of both our great institutions.”
Grambling has one of the nation’s most tradition-rich programs with numerous Black College Football National Championships and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles to its credit. The legendary HBCU G-Men have won 15 national titles and 26 conference championships.
“We’re always going to compete,” said Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs. “We’re going to take a shot at it. It’s another game for them, but for us, this is an opportunity to get better and grow.”
Grambling’s rich history includes one of the most influential and winningest coaches in college football history in Eddie Robinson, who won 408 games in a career that spanned 56 years at the school. Grambling also boasts five members of the College Football Hall of Fame along with four inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to announce our games against Southern and Grambling in the future,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We have a great relationship with all universities in our state. It is important to LSU to have a great relationship with all of the universities in our state.”
Grambling has had over 120 players selected in the NFL and AFL Drafts, including the No. 1 overall pick in the 1963 AFL Draft in Buck Buchanan, who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Quarterback Doug Williams, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXII and was a first round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978, is also among Grambling’s impressive list of alumni.
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