Tuskegee to induct six into the Athletic Hall of Fame


TUSKEGEE, Ala. -- The Tuskegee University Athletic Hall of Fame will enshrine six inductees at their 2011 induction ceremony Sept. 23 at the Kellogg Conference Center.

The inductees are Ulysses Bernard, Wallace Brown, Clarence W. Burley Jr., Rev. J. H. Flakes III, Charles Tolliver and Nathaniel R. Vivians .

Bernard, a 1963 Tuskegee graduate, is a native of Ocala, Fla., and currently resides in Macon, Ga. He was a two-sport athlete for the Golden Tigers, lettering four-years in football as a defensive end and offensive guard and two years in baseball as a catcher.

Brown lettered four years as a tight end on the Golden Tiger football team before graduating in 1959. He was the Golden Tigers’ leading receiver from 1956-58, and he was an All-SIAC and All-America selection in 1957 and ’58. A highlight of his career was catching the winning touchdown pass in the 1958 Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State in his final game for the Golden Tigers.

Burley, who grew up in Lyons, Ga., and now lives in San Francisco, was the first member of his family to attend college. He was the starting center on the Golden Tiger football team and a four-year letterman.  Burley was team captain his senior season. He returned a pass interception for the winning touchdown in the Golden Tigers’ 1954 Homecoming victory against Lane College. Burley also excelled in track and field as a javelin thrower.

Rev. Flakes is a 1978 Tuskegee graduate who lettered four years as a return specialist in football. His 100-yard punt return for a touchdown against Florida A&M is the second-longest in school history. He was a member of the Golden Tigers’ 1974 SIAC championship team. Rev. Flakes resides in Columbus, Ga.

Tolliver was a four-year letterman at cornerback in football for the Golden Tigers. He was first-team All-SIAC in 1970 and ’72 and second-team in 1969 and ’71 A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Tolliver shares the school record for the longest interception return with a 95-yarder against Albany State in 1971. Tolliver is a native of Anniston, Ala. He currently lives in Louisville, Ky.

Vivians, a native of Fairhope, Ala., was a two-sport athlete for the Golden Tigers, playing tennis and golf. He began his athletic career for the Golden Tigers as a member of the tennis team in 1957, two years after enrolling at Tuskegee. He switched to golf the following year and helped formed the school’s first varsity golf team. He lettered three years in golf and was co-captain in 1959 and team captain in 1960. Vivians currently resides in Dayton, Ohio.



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