‘The Mission’ podcast interviews Hugh Douglas forward of Black School Soccer Corridor of Fame Basic

The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame launched a brand new episode of The Mission podcast forward of this weekend’s Black School Soccer Corridor of Fame Basic, which can be performed between Central State College and Winston-Salem State College and can air stay on NFL Community at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 4.

On this particular version of the podcast, host Jamir Howerton offered an unique interview with Central State College alum and 2019 inductee to the Black School Soccer’s Corridor of Fame, Hugh Douglas.

The podcast is accessible on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and PodBean, in addition to YouTube and the Corridor of Fame’s The Mission podcast web page.

In an interview that ran simply over half-hour, Douglas spoke on the influence for black student-athletes to open up their season on the Basic in Canton, Ohio and mirrored on his biggest reminiscences from HBCU Classics and Homecomings of years previous.

“That is soccer mecca. That is the house {of professional} soccer,” Douglas mentioned concerning Canton. “And to have the HBCU Corridor of Fame there. And recognizing that a number of these nice gamers that performed at these HBCUs which are precise Corridor of Famers helped pave the best way within the NFL. You discuss guys like Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe — guys like that, man.

“There’s some good gamers that come from HBCUs. And now the NFL is beginning to acknowledge that. They acknowledge the truth that they had been a few of the foundational guys that helped begin the NFL. It is only a stunning factor to be in a category or be enshrined with a few of these names I simply talked about. Man, it is one of many absolute biggest emotions on the earth.”

Douglas went on to explain the ambiance at occasions just like the one being held this weekend. Between the bands, dancers and cultural interpretations of various music, witnessing both a Basic, a Homecoming or each is one thing Douglas considers a should on everybody’s to-do record.

“In case you’re fortunate sufficient to be in one of many illustrious Divine 9 Greek sororities or fraternities, you are gonna all the time get a plate someplace,” Douglas mentioned. “Someone’s gonna all the time offer you a plate. And also you’re gonna all the time really feel at house. That is what I bear in mind about Homecoming going anyplace. Anyone’s Homecoming that I’ve ever been to. Or anyone’s Basic that I’ve ever been to. It is all the time been a household ambiance.”

His HBCU roots at Central State from 1992-1994 bore Douglas a fruitful 10-year NFL profession spent principally between the Jets and Eagles — one which included an Related Press Defensive Rookie of the 12 months award, 80 sacks, three Professional Bowls, one first-team All-Professional season and an impending induction into the Eagles Corridor of Fame.

Douglas is scheduled to be enshrined in Philly’s Corridor of Fame alongside fellow go rusher Trent Cole over Thanksgiving weekend on Sunday, Nov. 27.

“I simply hope I do not cry,” Douglas informed Howerton. “‘Trigger I do know after I get in that stadium, you consider the reminiscences you had as a Philadelphia Eagle. You concentrate on the whole lot, and you then’re fascinated about Reggie White, you are fascinated about Clyde Simmons, Jerome Brown, the fellows that got here earlier than you. And the truth that you are going in with a man, Trent Cole, that you simply noticed develop. … To go in with him and to know that we now have that historical past, that is gonna be quite a bit. So, I am simply gonna be like, ‘Oh no, you’ll be able to’t be right here crying, canine, that ain’t cool.'”

What’s subsequent to come back for Douglas after taking in one other Black School Soccer HOF Basic in September and being honored on the Eagles Corridor of Fame ceremony in November? The beloved defensive finish could have earned himself a future key to town along with his tackle the notorious snowball-pelting incident of Ol’ Saint Nick in 1968.

“Anytime anyone brings that up, I am like, ‘What was Santa Claus doing to get the snowballs thrown at him?’ He should’ve had it coming, you recognize? He should not have been on his job.”

For extra info on the 2022 Black School Corridor of Fame Basic and the week’s occasions, click on right here.