Former Jackson State’s Kevin Dent in the Black College Football Hall of Fame


Former Jackson State defensive back Kevin Dent was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Dent was joined in the class of 2024 by Joe “747” Adams (Tennessee State); Antoine Bethea (Howard); Waymond Bryant (Tennessee State); Richard Huntley (Winston-Salem State); Lemar Parrish (Lincoln University); and Eddie Hurt (Morgan State).

“It is a great honor to be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame,” Dent told The Clarion Ledger. “It feels really good to be inducted into some great guys like Harold Jackson. They just paved the way for me.”

Dent, 57, a two-time SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the only JSU football player to be named a three-time All-American, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Vicksburg native played safety for Jackson State from 1985 to 1988, helping the Tigers win 27 of 28 conference games. Dent ranks second on the school’s all-time interceptions list with 21, behind Lem Barney.

After college, he was signed as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals, but was not part of the team. He played for the Birmingham Fire of the World Football League and the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League, but an injury ended his career.