Richard Huntley, one of the best to ever play at Winston-Salem State and in Division II, is a finalist for the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Huntley, who is in the CIAA and Big House Gaines Hall of Fame, was a star running back from 1992 through 1995 for the Rams.
Unfortunately for him, the Rams didn’t have very good teams back in those days but he did some amazing things in his career in college. In one game in his junior season in 1994 he rushed for a CIAA-best 361 yards against Virginia Union. That total still ranks 14th best in Division II history.
Huntley went on to play eight seasons in the NFL including one season in 2001 with the Carolina Panthers.
Huntley, 47, who lives in Huntersville, had no idea he was on the list of finalists.
"I didn't know anything about it," Huntley said by telephone on Thursday night. "I'm glad that I'm being recognized for what I did there at Winston-Salem State so it's a good feeling."
When Huntley was being recruited out of Monroe High School he was all set to go to Georgia Tech. Bobby Ross had been to Huntley's house three or four times on a recruiting trips.
"I actually went to Atlanta on a visit and we went some where in downtown and we say somebody get shot," Huntley said. "So I was like, I'm not going there."
Huntley said he actually called Pete Richardson, the head coach of the Rams in the early 1990's, and said he was coming to WSSU.
"They thought I was kidding, but I wanted to go there and play right away," Huntley said.
Huntley stepped into the starting tailback job and was there for four years. He was also the team's punter and field-goal kicker in his junior and senior seasons.
When he left WSSU with 6,286 rushing yards, he was just the second player in college football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons. The other player to do it before 1995 was Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh.
He is the CIAA’s all-time leading rusher and his 62 touchdowns are also the best in CIAA history.
Huntley said it's been a long time since he played at WSSU, but he loved every minute of it.
"It was a lot of fun and that's why I played football," Huntley said. "So for the Black College Hall of Fame to recognize what I did back then it means a lot to me whether I make it in or not."
Here’s the link to the announcement of who made the finalists list.