Breeden, Wilson join MEAC Hall of Fame

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 06:06 PM

Two men with Bull City ties and pro football pedigrees have secured a permanent home in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.

Former N.C. Central defensive back Louis Breeden was recently enshrined with the 2013 MEAC Hall of Fame class as a player, while Steve Wilson, who played football at Northern High School, entered as a coach.

Breeden was a four-year letterman at NCCU, where he led the team in interceptions from 1974 through 1976, and he holds the school career record for punt return average — 20.2 yards.

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Breeden in the seventh round of the 1977 NFL draft. He played 11 seasons for the Bengals, setting a club record on Nov. 8, 1981 with a 102-yard interception return against San Diego.

Wilson played defensive back and wide receiver at Northern and played collegiately at Howard University.

In 1979, Wilson signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys before participating in two AFC championship games and two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos. Wilson had 26 career interceptions, including five he during the 1983 season.

Wilson returned to Howard to coach the football team from 1989-2001, winning 70 percent of his games during the 1990s and twice garnering black college championships. His 1993 team went 11-0 and competed in the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) playoffs for the first and only time in school history.

No MEAC football coach has since navigated a team to an undefeated season, Howard sports information director Edward Hill Jr. said.

And no other Howard football coach ever led the Bison to as many victories as Wilson, whose career record at the school is 78-67.

Breeden and Wilson were inducted during the MEAC basketball tournament in Norfolk, Va.

The MEAC was formed in 1970, and the league’s hall of fame, which had its first class in 1981, now has 118 members.