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A Quarterback With N.F.L. Potential Pledges to an H.B.C.U., Joining a Trend | The New York Times

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A Quarterback With N.F.L. Potential Pledges to an H.B.C.U., Joining a Trend | The New York Times

“I want to be a trendsetter,” said Noah Bodden, who has announced he will play for Grambling State instead of for one of the wealthier, higher-profile teams at predominantly white colleges.


David Waldstein, The New York Times

In the hallway of his family’s apartment in Valley Stream, N.Y., last month, Noah Bodden overturned a large green trash bag, spilling out several pounds of recruiting letters.

The envelopes bore the insignia of many prominent college football programs across the country, like Louisiana State, Baylor, Oregon, Tennessee and Arizona State. Some included handwritten notes from coaches to Bodden, one of the most promising high school quarterbacks in the country.

“You will make our team better the first day you step on campus,” one coach wrote.


Featured Image, Noah Bodden and his high school teammates listening to a debriefing from coaches after a game in Queens last month.Credit…Idris Solomon for The New York Times
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Grambling State University (GSUGrambling, or Grambling State) is a public historically black university in Grambling, Louisiana. The university is home of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The university is a member-school of the University of Louisiana System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Grambling State’s athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Grambling State Tigers. The university is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

Source – Grambling State University (Updated: 23 November 2020) Wikipedia. Available at, (Accessed: 24 November 2020)