I want to thank head coach Joe Taylor and the players on this year’s team as the Florida A&M University Rattlers finished with a 9-3 record. It could have been an 11-1 season had a couple of breaks went our way. While we didn’t make the playoffs this year, Coach Taylor has laid down an impressive foundation for the future and I can’t wait for next year. The seasons of 3-8 records are over.
I would like to point out that the Colonial Athletic Conference placed 5 teams in the 16 team playoff field so I think that the NCAA is slightly biased when it comes to Black college football. But once again, had we taken care of Delaware State and Morgan State I wouldn’t be making these remarks.
My personal MVP of the year is Leroy Vann followed closely by newcomer quarterback Curtis Pulley. Vann had six returns for touchdowns this year and nearly 1,500 return yards electrify the crowds every game with his hard nose running and his viciousness on the defensive side of the ball. Pulley, who won the starting quarterback job outright towards the end of the season, is a good reason why FAMU should be one of the favorites to win the MEAC next year.
My only hope is that the administration realizes the importance of having a fifth game at Bragg Stadium every year. There is no place like “The Pit” on a Saturday evening with the Marching 100 in the stands. If we want to become big time again, we must have that fifth or even a sixth game at home. So remember Rattlers:
When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning pierce the skies,
When fate is but a glare in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
and hope….a lost friend,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary from those hard charging linebackers,
And the muscles in the legs grow tired from those hard charging running backs,
You must always remember….the Rattlers will
AND STRIKE AGAIN!!!
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SOS Click to hear the Marching 100’s rendition of SOS.