meet the black 14

Left to right: Mel Hamilton, John Griffin, Ted Williams, Tony Gibson

 

Many of the Black 14 went on to obtain college degrees and one of them became a star defensive player in the National Football League (NFL). Tony McGee, a sophomore in 1969, played with the Washington Redskins in a Super Bowl and for many years has hosted a sports television talk show in Washington D.C. Joe Williams also played in the NFL and earned a Super Bowl VI ring with the Dallas Cowboys.

Mel Hamilton graduated from the University of Wyoming and had a long career as a public school teacher and administrator in Casper, Wyoming, during which time he has made numerous appearances all over Wyoming to explain what happened in the "Black 14" incident. Mel has returned to his native state, South Carolina, in retirement. Guillermo "Willie" Hysaw and Lionel Grimes went on to become employment diversity executives with Ford and Toyota.

Although he played in only four games for UW, Jay Berry– then known as Jerry Berry – still today appears in the UW record book, tied for the all-time career and single-season records for interceptions returned for touchdowns. Berry became a sports anchor for television stations in Tulsa, Chicago and Detroit.

Tony Gibson retired in 2011 after nearly 38 years as a lineman for a Massachusetts power company and Ted Williams has worked that long as a foreman at a manufacturing company in Illinois. Ron Hill became a physical education teacher in Colorado. Ivie Moorehas worked as a floor subcontractor in his native Arkansas. John Griffin graduated from UW, had a distinguished managerial career with United Airlines and later with the Sports Authority.

James Isaac (1976), Don Meadows (2009) and Earl Lee (2013) are deceased. Meadows returned to the UW football team in 1970 and was a first-team all-conference performer in 1971. Lee graduated from UW and had a distinguished career as a teacher, coach and principal in Maryland. He died in Baltimore in 2013. Isaac was a high school all-sports phenomenon at Hanna, Wyo. who graduated from Dakota Wesleyan College and taught until his death.

Eaton, born in Belle Fourche, S.D., grew up in rural South Dakota, not far from the Wyoming line, and died in Idaho in 2007. His obituary in the Black Hills Pioneer did not mention the "Black 14" incident.  The Denver Post published an extensive article about the incident by Rick Reilly on May 9, 1982, which included interviews with Eaton and numerous players. Eaton said he had no regrets.