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Thom Gossom, Jr

First Black Athlete to Graduate from Auburn University

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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Thom Gossom Jr. received a BA from Auburn University, where he played football, and his MA from the University of Montevallo. In 1975 Gossom became the first African-American athlete to graduate Auburn University.

He is an entrepreneur having owned several businesses including minority ownership of a football team in the NFL's development league.

As a corporate executive with BellSouth, he wrote, produced and acted in commercials and industrial videos.

He is the author of "Walk-On, My Reluctant Journey to Integration at Auburn University," published by State Street Press in 2008. He also wrote a second novel, a work of fiction entitled, "A Slice Of Life." Other writing credits include magazine and newspaper columns and his critically acclaimed play, "Speak of Me As I Am."

On television, Gossom has appeared in the recurring roles of Judge Blake Winters on "Boston Legal," Judge Garamejian in "Close to Home," J.R. Ride in "Jack and Bobby," and City Councilman, Ted Marcus, on "In The Heat Of The Night." He starred as the title character, Israel, in the NYPD Blue Emmy-winning episode, "Lost Israel." Other television credits include guest roles on "CSI," "Cold Case," "Without A Trace," "The West Wing," and "ER."

His film credits include: "Fight Club," "Jeepers Creepers 2," "Miss Evers Boys," "The Chamber," and "Miracle in The Woods."

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