Thom Gossom ’75

Thom Gossom ‘75 is an actor, writer, speaker and communications consultant who helped desegregate Auburn football and later became Auburn University’s first African-American athlete to graduate.

An actor, writer, speaker, and communications consultant, Thom Gossom began his career playing wide receiver for the Auburn Tigers and was the first African-American athlete to graduate from Auburn University, earning a bachelor’s in speech communication. Gossom began a lengthy acting career in film and television, appearing in movies like “Fight Club” and “Jeepers Creepers 2,” as well as television programs “The Quad,” “Love Is…,” “C.S.I.,” “Boston Legal” andIn the Heat of the Night.”

In 2008, Gossom published a memoir, “Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration at Auburn University,” and a collection of shorts stories called Slice of Life in 20015. He also appeared in the HBO special, “Breaking the Huddle” about the integration of Southern College Football.

Gossom and his wife Joyce are owners of Best Gurl, inc., a multi-platform company committed to all forms of effective communication. In the past Gossom has served as the chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board and currently serves as a director on the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.