Les Jamerson

A left halfback for the University of Illinois in 1927, Les Jamerson was once the fastest man in Champaign-Urbana. He played his freshman year at the U. of I., but when he and the other Black player on the team did not receive their numerals, he transferred to A & I State College, an all-Black school in Nashville. He played quarterback for three seasons there. Following his football career he returned to Champaign and checked baggage at the Illinois Central railroad station from 1943 to 1975. He has been involved in a number of community service projects with CETA, the Urban League, and other service organizations. Born and raised in Champaign, he is especially proud of his family's long history in the community.

Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.