Frankie Pilate will be inducted into the Gulfport Sports Hall of - - The News for South Mississippi

Frankie Pilate will be inducted into the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday


In 1972 Frankie Pilate turned down offers from the State's Big Three,Nebraska, Alabama and headed to Alcorn State.  Pilate was a player, of the so-called dominating variety.  How good was Pilate?  Well he started playing high school football for 33rd Avenue High School in the eighth grade and was a starting defensive lineman for five straight years.

When 33rd Avenue closed, he continued his dominating play with the Gulfport Commodores where he won two state champions.

Pilate said, "I  would like to thank all my teammates, my family, and friends because I had some great teammates."

Pilate also had great teammates when he played his college football at Alcorn State.

"We won Black National Championship in '74 and we also won a Conference Championship, "said Pilate.

Pilate says he weighed 275 pounds in his senior season at Alcorn State and he went against some great offensive players while competing in the SWAC from his defensive end position.

Pilate said, "I played against Jackie Slater, Walter Payton, and Doug Williams.  I played against some Hall of Famers."

Pilate has been called the greatest defensive linemen to ever play the game at Alcorn State.

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