Erle Garrett
Erle Garrett

The National Football League's Minnesota Vikings selected Boston State College football player Erle Garrett in the 17th round, making him the first football player in the school's history to be drafted by a professional team. Garrett played four seasons for the Warriors, including his freshman campaign on the club team, seeing action as a fullback and tailback, before settling in at his primary position of defensive back. A 1974 graduate of Boston State, Garrett also played in 31 games over the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons for the Warriors' basketball team, helping them to a 40-11 (.784) record as a guard. Following his collegiate football career, he starred for six years in the Eastern Football League and was selected to the All-League squad at defensive back every season. Garrett's playing career eventually gave way to a successful coaching career that saw him mentor basketball and football players in Boston City High Schools as well as in South Boston and at Latin Academy. He also became the first African American golf coach at Latin Academy.