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Meet William H. "Tank" Black

William H. Black, Jr. was born on March 11, 1957 in Johnson City, Tennessee, to William H. Black, Sr. and Thelma Brown. His father nicknamed him “Tank” because of his son’s unusual birth weight and broad head. Both of his parents suffered from alcoholism and, from the age of two, he was raised by his grandmother, Susie Black, in Greeneville, in eastern Tennessee.

In spite of his short, husky stature (5’8”, 160 pounds), Black was by all accounts a talented athlete who, by his junior year in high school, had become one of the best-known wide receivers in Tennessee and an accomplished basketball player. In his senior year of high school, Black became the school’s first African-American quarterback.

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Black was recruited by several Division I colleges in the south but ended up at Division II Carson-Newman, a Baptist Liberal Arts college in Jefferson City, Tennessee. While there, he was named First Team Kodak and NAIA All-American, and set the school record for passes received. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1979.

Black was recruited from Carson-Newman by the Atlanta Falcons but was cut during the pre-season try-out. He returned to Greeneville to care for his grandmother and worked at a local Magnavox T.V. plant. Black also assisted  the football coaches at Greeneville high school.



William H. “Tank” Black was an All-American wide receiver at Carson-Newman College who eventually joined the collegiate coaching ranks with both the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the University of South Carolina.

In 1988 he founded his sports agency, Professional Management Incorporated, in Columbia, SC.

Over the course of a decade, Black grew to be one of the country’s most elite agents, with a roster of more than 100 marque players.

In 2000, Black was imprisoned on Federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud.

While in prison the federal civil court rendered a significant ruling in Tank Blacks case involving his player-clients. The Federal court ruled on April 9th, 2004, that there was never any evidence to support Tank Black stealing from his player-clients, misappropriating any of there funds or defrauding them. The court ruled that Black never used Black Americans of Achievement (BAOA) or Cash for Titles as a scheme for his own personal gain as was erroneously reported in the national press.

In addition, Blacks companies, Professional Management Inc, Silverline Development and Professional Management Consulting were also cleared of any wrongdoing. This was a landslide victory that proved Black should have never been charged with these allegations. He was released from prison in 2007. Keeping true to his charitable giving, Black will donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to charities of his choice.

Black lives in Columbia, SC







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