Was a standout at Vigor H.S. in Mobile from (1969-71). Played collegiately at Jackson State University as a linebacker, where he was a consensus All-American selection. Set school record with 129 tackles and 79 assists for total of 208 in ’74. The Houston Oilers took him as the sixth pick overall in the NFL Draft in 1975. Named AFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year (’75). Started every game for ten seasons (147), which was an Oilers record for consecutive starts. Made the AFC Pro Bowl squad his first seven seasons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl a total of nine times. Intercepted a total of 13 passes during in his NFL career. Named to the All-Century Team of black college football and inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 1994 and SWAC HOF in ’95. Presently teaches at Booker T. Washington Middle School, an inner city school in Mobile.