Arden Relerford

1995 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee


Wife: Gloria Relerford
Daughter: Almakea
Sons: Cedric, Wendell, Robert, Glenn, Raymond

Arden’s family moved to Flint when he was three years old. He attended Roosevelt Elementary, Emerson Jr. High and Flint Northern High. While at Flint Northern, Arden ran track and played halfback.

In 1955 Arden scored four touchdowns and gained 421 yards rushinig, an average of eight yards a carry. He played on a Flint Northern team that had a great backfield. With three great Northern stars, Sharp, Gaines, and quarterback Waters, Arden had to work hard to make coaches, the opposition and fans take notice of him. Arden led his team in scoring for the season with 75 points. Arden scored eight touchdowns, 24 extra points and one field goal. He was selected All City, All Valley and All State. Arden won the Valley scoring title, 52 points. He was also Michigan All Prep Classes All State. Flint Northern was undefeated City, Valley and State Football Champions in 1956. In two years Arden rushed for 959 yards, scored 12 touchdowns with an average gain of 10.9 yards.

In track, Arden was a member of the 1955 State medlay relay champions-time, 2:21.7 seconds. In 1956 he had a shot put of 50 feet 2 1/2 inches inches.

After graduation in 1957, Arden matriculated at Michigan State University. A salaried employee at A.C., Arden retired in 1992.