Melvin P. Lee, Legend
The late, great Melvin P. Lee had a tremendous impact on Grambling State. He competed on the football team in 1952 as an undersized player who saw action as a center and linebacker, helping the Tigers to win the program's first Black College Football National Championship in 1955 as a tri-captain. The 1955 Champions were also an undefeated National Championship Team.
The New Orleans native earned a pair of Mid-Western Conference honors (1952-55). In addition, Lee was a participant in the Bayou Classic XXIII as an offensive coordinator under head coach Eddie Robinson (1960-1997).
He later served as an offensive line coach for 37 years for his alma mater (1960-1997). The Melvin Lee Award was initiated in 2016 by the Head Football Coach, Broderick Fobbs. Lee was inducted into the 2010 Grambling Legends Hall of Fame class.
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."... Eddie G. Robinson