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FAMU Legend Bob Hayes Honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI


By: Florida A&M University Sports Information Department 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 17) – Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among 28 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats to be honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

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In December 2016, the NFL joined with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.”  The goal of the partnership is to celebrate and honor the history and impact HBCUs and their players have had on the game while increasing career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

The NFL announced that its celebration of the influence of HBCUs and their players will continue at this year’s Super Bowl, where it will honor the 28 Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCUs, culminating with an on-field, pregame ceremony featuring the Hall of Famers at NRG Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Hayes was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2009, seven years after his death in September of 2002, at the age of 59. The legendary two-sport Rattler was credited by many with revolutionizing the game of professional football with his world-class sprinter’s speed. In addition to a successful career with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and a stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayes was an Olympic gold medalist, and earned the nicknames, “Bullet Bob” and “World’s Fastest Human.”

FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., expressed the University’s appreciation for the NFL’s commitment to HBCUs, and for the unique way it will honor one of the institution’s most beloved sons.

“I commend the NFL for honoring Bob Hayes along with the other well-deserving HBCU greats,” Robinson said. “I look forward to representing FAMU and Rattler sports at one of the world’s most widely viewed athletic events.”

He added, “The University has worked with the NFL on several previous occasions, including our Marching ‘100’s’ performance at Super Bowl XLI with the late music legend, Prince. We look forward to a growing and fruitful relationship with one of the most influential brands in the world.”

In a recent statement, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said, “the HBCU influence on the NFL goes beyond the evolution of the game and reaches deep into the very fabric of football.”

“Our partnership with the HBCUs is an important initiative which celebrates the tremendous legacy fostered by these institutions that continue to contribute a standard of excellence and character for our game,” Vincent said.

23 Recruits are bringing their talent to FAMU

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

Florida A&M University’s football team acquired 22 new players on national signing day. 13 of the new signees were defensive players and six will be lining up on offense.

A local signee for FAMU was Rickards High School quarterback D.J. Phillips. Phillips finished his high school career by throwing 5,557 yards with a 69% completion percentage and 45 touchdowns. He also rushed for 10 TD’s with 296 carries for 866 yards.

“I plan on trying to win a MEAC championship and build a winning culture here at Florida A&M and restore everything this program used to be about,” Phillips said.

Another local recruit was North Florida Christian High School cornerback Christopher Jerry. Jerry stands at 5’10” and weighs 170 pounds. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Bend with 56 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception.

Chaddrick “Dekovin” Cann Jr. from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg is listed as an athlete by FAMU. He was known for being a dual-threat signal caller and safety on defense. He played in a pro-style offense in high school. FAMU’s head coach Alex Wood liked the way he plays quarterback, but wants to have him at the safety position for the upcoming season.

Jibreel Hazly, a 6’1” 230-pound linebacker from Akron, Ohio, is a transfer student from Feather River Junior College. Hazly was excited to be at FAMU and is already enrolled in classes this semester and is now a proud Rattler.

Coach Wood and the recruiting staff were proud of the new recruits they acquired. Wood emphasized the importance of finding future leaders for the team and he and his staff believe that they found them with this recruiting class.

The rest of FAMU’s new recruits include:

Kyle Johnson, 6’1” 230 FB Venice high school, Venice, FL

Levon Barnett, 6’0” 180 S William T. Dwyer high school, West Palm Beach, FL

Antwan Lewis 6’4” 290 OT/DT William T. Dwyer high school, Riviera Beach, FL

Louis Neal III 6’2” 255 DE Dixie Hollins high school, St Petersburg, FL

De’Montre Moore 6’3” 275 DT Hutchinson Community College, From Tampa, FL

Christian Roa 6’2” 250 TE Lake Brantley high school, Altamonte Springs, FL

Anthony Jones 6’6” 265 TE Pearl River junior College, New Orleans, LA

Derrick Mayweather 6’2” 227 LB Jireh Prep NC, from Lafayette, La

Jalen Douse 6’2” 180 DB ASA Miami Junior College, Jackson SC

Jacques Penney 6’1” NT Northeast Oklahoma Junior College, Tulsa OK

Steven Jean Baptiste 6’2” 290 OL Chaminade-Madonna, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Ellrie Allen 5’11” 200 S Wesley Chapel high school, Wesley Chapel, FL

Martravious Hardrick 6’2” 2866 DT Mosley high school, Panama City, FL

Chris Faddoul 6’1” 182 P/K Wiregrass Ranch high school, Wesley Chapel, FL

Donovan Hovey-Franklin 6’5” 310 OT Warner Christian Academy, Daytona Beach, FL

Dominique Walker 5’11” 183 CB Central high school, Brookville, FL

Bryan Crawford 6’2” 280 DT Pahokee high school, Pahokee, FL

Emmanuel Yisrael 5’10” 205 LB William T. Dwyer high school, Riviera Beach, FL

Jalen Brayboy 6’4” 283 OL Raines high school, Jacksonville, FL


FAMU will start their season with their first opening home game in 10 years at Bragg Memorial Stadium. On Aug. 26, the Rattlers will take on the Texas Southern University Tigers in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic. The time is still to be determined.


Florida A&M releases 2017 Football Schedule

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

The Florida A&M Rattlers ended the 2016 football season 4-7 and are bringing the Rattler fans a home season-opening game for the 2017 season. FAMU released their 2017 football schedule Jan. 25 and it opens with a home game for the first time since 2010.

At the start of the season head coach Alex Wood will be entering his third season with the Rattlers. They will open the season on Aug. 26, against Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) rival, Texas Southern University, in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The Rattlers will also host several games in Bragg, including against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Eagles of North Carolina Central on Sept. 30, the North Carolina A&T University Aggies Oct. 14 on Homecoming, and the Bison of Howard University on Nov. 4, in the home finale.

The Rattlers will face seven opponents on the road during the 2017 season, starting Sept. 2 against the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas. The MEAC opener will be against the Tigers of Savannah State on Sept 23 at Savannah, Georgia. The Rattlers also has a lineup on the road against the Spartans of Norfolk State, the Pirates of Hampton University, and the Bears of Morgan State.

FAMU will also have a match up against Tennessee State University on Sept.16, the location of the game is still in the works.

FAMU will end the regular season with the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic against rival Bethune-Cookman University. A series that began in 1925, is now the largest football game between two historically black colleges in America. The Florida Blue Florida Classic will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Nov. 18.

All start times for games are to be announced later.

2017 FAMU Football Schedule
AUG. 26 TEXAS SOUTHERN Jake Gaither Classic/HOME
Sept. 2 at University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
Sept. 16 Tennessee State Site TBD
Sept. 23 at Savannah State* Savannah, Ga.
Oct. 7 at Norfolk State* ` Norfolk, Va.
Oct. 21 at Hampton University* Hampton, Va.
Oct. 28 at Morgan State* Baltimore, Md.
Nov. 18 Bethune-Cookman*# Orlando, Fla.

*MEAC Games. #Florida Blue Florida Classic

Home games are in BOLD

Rattlers win homecoming 31-14

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE FLA, ( The Florida A & M University Rattlers have had an eventful homecoming weekend. They played the Hampton University Pirates Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The stands were packed with 26,044 fans wearing orange and green as all the Rattler fans were excited for this big homecoming game against the Pirates.  The Rattlers finished off this exciting week with an even more exciting 31-14 win over Hampton University Pirates.

The Rattlers started the game fast and didn’t hold back after that. The first drive for the rattlers ended up as a touchdown. Ryan Stanley found his big guy an offensive lineman Louben Polinice for a 19 yard TD. Stanley finished the drive 4-5 with two carries as well.

The defense played a big role in this win as well as the offense. The rattlers defense only let the Hampton pirates get in the red zone twice the entire game. The defense forced a fumble which was recovered by Braxton Brown and got two interceptions tonight.

The offense was also on a role, every time they got the ball they were hungry to score. Ryan Stanley finished the game off 18-31 212 yards and 2 TD. Stanley hasn’t turned the ball over since he has been named the starting QB.


The running backs had a nice game. Devin Bowers had 18 carries for 74 yards and Hans Supre had 10 carries for 44 yards and a TD.

Kareem Smith was all over the field whether it was on special teams or even on offense. He finished the game with 6 catches for 86 yards. He also had 3 punt returns for a total of 54 yards and a long of 35 yards.

Notable stats


Braxton Brown 6 tackles 1 tackle for loss

Orland Mckinley 5 tackles

Justen Bennett had 5 tackles

Quenteze Gallon 5 tackles


Post Game: Florida A&M Coach Wood on win against Savannah State, 19-14

“We got a victory here; we are very excited. It feels good. We haven’t felt this in a while,” said FAMU coach Alex Wood.

The game was Stanley’s first start of the season. He was very efficient in the first half, 15 of 22 pass attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown.  He also had six rushes for 36 yards.

“He (Stanley) did really good. He was productive. I’ll take it,” said Wood.

FAMU Gets First Win of the Season

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

The Florida A&M Rattlers got their first victory of the season, beating Savannah State 19-14. Quarterback Ryan Stanley and the FAMU defense led the way.

The game started off quickly.  FAMU’s defense forced five early punts and the offense scored early in the second quarter.  This was the type of play they needed after a devastating 0-4 start to the season.

“We got a victory here; we are very excited. It feels good. We haven’t felt this in a while,” said FAMU coach Alex Wood.

The game was Stanley’s first start of the season. He was very efficient in the first half, 15 of 22 pass attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown.  He also had six rushes for 36 yards.

“He (Stanley) did really good. He was productive. I’ll take it,” said Wood.

The Rattlers defense came out of the tunnel hungry, only giving up 17 total yards in the first quarter and 87 throughout the first half.

“Our preparation this week was outstanding, meetings were good everyone was paying attention to detail,” said Coach Wood.

The Rattlers offense amassed 106 yards in the first quarter alone. By they had 263 total yards.

FAMU kept the momentum they had going into the half and brought it back out to the field in the second half.  The offense had 450 total yards. Ryan Stanley went down in the 3rd quarter with an injury and Vincent Jefferies came in at back up and looked very good.  Jefferies lead the rattlers offense down the field for a touchdown, completing three of four passes for 40 yards.  Stanley later came back in and finished off the game.

“He (Jefferies) did a nice job. I was pleased to see that.  I kind of anticipated it but wasn’t sure now we can solidify that he can come in and do something for us,” said Wood.

Jacques Bryant came up huge for the rattlers defense tonight.  He broke up a few passes, had 7 tackles and got the game clinching interception with 1:32 left in the 4th quarter.

“Bryant’s interception was a great play and a great way to seal the win for us” said Wood.

Some notable stats:

Passing: Ryan Stanley 21/30 230 yards 1TD 45 rushing yards

Vincent Jefferies 3/4 40 yards

Rushing: Hans Supre 15 carries 93 yards 1 TD

Tevin Spells 12 carries 38 yards 1 TD

Receiving: Brandon Norwood 10 catches 58 yards

Chaviss Murphy 2 catches 48 yards