ESPN college football analyst Joey Galloway caused of a bit of a controversy when he talked about Deion Sanders and his former school Jackson State.
Galloway said before Sanders arrived he never heard of Jackson State.
Galloway was quoted as saying “what he did for HBCUs, what he did for Jackson State, I don’t know about you guys, but I never heard of Jackson State before Deion Sanders got there. The success he had there was amazing.”
Fans across the country were shocked that someone like Galloway who played college football at Ohio State and has been a college football analyst for the network for several years, had never heard of Jackson State.
Jackson State has put 94 players in the NFL over the years which include several NFL Hall of Famers such as Walter Payton and recently Robert Brazile who played with Payton back in the 70s at JSU.
Jackie Slater, who played for the Rams for many years, is also in the hall of fame. Some fans were stunned and upset by Galloways’ admission and wondered where the heck had been over the years not to know these facts about the school.
So you mean to tell me as a sports analyst, former NFL player, and someone who should know Walter Payton's accolades, has NEVER heard of JACKSON STATE until Deion arrived!?! 🤔 pic.twitter.com/K8pr3Whv9T
— 🧋~🅱️urna Guh ~🧋 (@Bur_D_She) December 4, 2022
Some people don’t blame just Galloway alone for his lack of knowledge but also ESPN.
Joey Galloway reportedly saying he didn’t know Jackson State existed until Deion became coach isn’t a credit to Deion but an indictment of the network he’s employed by for doing a poor job of covering HBCU athletics over the years.
— Kendrick Marshall (@KD_Marshall) December 10, 2022
Some fans actually sided with Galloway on this one.
I graduated from HBCU Langston University class of '86 do not blame Joey Galloway a lot of HBCU schools were relevant only to the people who live in the area or to the students who parents gave their shout out the coaching wasn't really that great the players were marginal
— Wesley Green jr (@Coach17W) December 11, 2022
Galloway often refers to himself as a student of the game, but this is a bad look for a guy who supposedly knows the history of college football.