His coach, Earl Banks, put it bluntly: "The team plays as he plays." Morgan State won two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and two bowls behind Lanier, a guard and middle linebacker who twice made Small College All-American. In 1965, he led a defense that allowed 34 points in nine games for the unbeaten Bears. Lanier starred with the Kansas City Chiefs and belongs to both the pro and college halls of fame.
Baltimore Sun file photo
Copyright © 2017, CT Now