Andre Rison

2013 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Multiple Sports

Mother: Merdice Coleman
Wife: Lisa Rison

Andre grew up on Flint’s north side and attended Gundry Elementary, Bryant Middle School and graduated from Flint Northwestern High School. In high school Andre was a three-sports star in football, basketball and track and field. In basketball, Andre was slected twice to the All-State team after helping the Wildcats win back-to-back Class A state titles in 1984 and 1985, while compiling a 74-3 record during his three year career.

In football Andre received All-State recognition as a junior and All-American honors as a senior. Andre played seven different positions – quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, safety, cornerback, punter and kicker. He was named Mr. Football in 1984.

In track Andre made All-City in the long jump.

Andre attended Michigan Stae University and became an All-American leading the Spartans to the 1988 Rose Bowl championship. Andre set career records for receptions and receiving yards, and was named to the All-Big Ten teams in 1986 and 1988. At MSU, Andre played three sports – football, basketball and track. Andre was picked 22nd overall in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Andre spent 12 years in the NFL, also playing for Atlanta, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Kansas City and Oakland. Andre scored the first touchdown in the 1996 Super Bowl when Green Bay beat New England, 25-12. He played in five Pro Bowls and was voted MVP in 1994.

Andre is one of the few players that hold the distinction of winning a Super Bowl in the USA and a Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League.