Lloyd C. A. Wells: First African-American NFL Scout

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMay 22, 2009

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28:  James Johnson #39 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tribute to The Judge, Lloyd C. A. Wells, an NFL Scout

Life has interesting twists and turns.  A man who recorded memories and images using professional photography ends up in an assisted living facility because of Alzheimer's Disease. He was Lloyd C. A. Wells.

I did not know The Judge personally, but I saw him many times at Texas Southern University and around Houston, Texas.  I even remember his strong voice because often he would be interviewed on KCOH Radio Station on Almeda Road in Houston. 

He had a natural talent, blending media, politics and sports. 

His gift brought him before great men. He then paved the way for others to gain access, too.

This article will only serve as an introduction to the legendary Lloyd C. A. Wells, for his life spanned many levels and arenas. 

Wells was the first African American scout for the NFL.  He was smart and tough. 

He wrote many sports articles for the Forward Times Newspaper and The Houston Informer, in Houston, Texas. 

He was thunder and lightning in the sports world because he was bold enough to advocate change.  Doors of opportunity flew open after Lloyd C. A. Wells banged on them on behalf of athletes from small historically black colleges and universities such as Texas Southern University and Prairie View A & M University.

He worked not only in the NFL, but also he was a part of Muhammed Ali's team.

He grew up in the historical Fifth Ward in Houston, Texas.  Other great people from Fifth Ward include two United States Congressmen, George "Mickey" Leland, and Barbara Jordan.

Wells made a great contribution to the NFL.  He advocated diversity during the years when many were ill-prepared to articulate the issues.  He was adept at balancing relationships to gain NFL contracts for young men who sometimes knew very little about negotiations in the NFL.

I salute Mr. Wells who was a civil rights leader who placed emphasis on advocating change in the NFL.

A disease may have erased his memory during his senior years, but let us not forget his contribution to NFL sports. 

My opinion is that Lloyd C. A. Wells ought to be given some type of special recognition at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He helped establish a foundation on which many NFL players now stand. 

Let us salute Lloyd C. A. Wells (1924-2005) and his contributions to the NFL.

As an ex-Marine sergeant, Wells and other United States veterans are to be remembered and honored this Memorial Day weekend.


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