Warren "Jug" BradenFootball Player/Coach, 1944-85
Xavier Prep/Southern University/Carver High School

Inducted: 1994

  • Helped Xavier Prep to a pair of state titles under legendary coach Alfred Priestly (1944 and 1945).
  • Earned all-city and all-state honors in high school.
  • A two-time All-American while playing quarterback at Southern University from 1946-49.
  • Southern posted records of 9-2-1, 10-2, 12-0 and 10-0-1 with Braden at quarterback, winning black college national titles in 1948 and 1949.
  • Braden and his teammates made history on Dec. 5, 1948, when they played San Francisco State in the first interracial football game - playing in a muddy Kezar Stadium in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Southern won 30-0 and Braden was voted the game's MVP.
  • Following his playing career, he spent 34 years as a football and track & field coach, including 26 years at Carver High School in New Orleans.
  • Also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1998), the Southern University Hall of Fame and the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.