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FAMU SPORTS HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT SEVEN IN 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (JULY 1) – The Florida A&M University Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine its’ 34th induction class during ceremonies on Friday, September 4, 2009 at the new Florida A&M University Teaching Gymnasium.

The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a reception set for the honorees and their guests immediately following the event.

The 2009 class will be comprised of seven persons – five athletes and two supporters of athletics.

• This year’s group of five athletes feature three football players, one basketball performer and one two-sport star.

Headlining the quintet of athletes is four-time All-America receiver Jacquay Nunnally (1997-2000), who still reigns as the NCAA Division I FCS career pass receiving leader with 318 regular season receptions.

Joining Nunnally is two-time All-America left tackle Terry Beauford (1989, 1990), who played several seasons in the National Football League (Green Bay, San Diego) and his FAMU teammate, quarterback Antoine “Tony” Ezell (1988-91), who was the first Rattler quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards, finishing his career with 6,620 yards – the third highest total in school history.

Also slated for induction is basketball performer Aldwin Ware (1984-88), a Black College All-American in 1988, who led NCAA Division One in steals with 142, helping lead the Rattlers to a 22-8 finish and a berth in the finals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

The fifth athlete to be honored will be Leon “Tex’ Collier (1956-59), a strapping 6-9 two-way tackle for the FAMU Football team, who also played forward for the Rattler Basketball team. Collier played on the 1957 and 1958 basketball conference title winners, three football conference championship teams (1956, 1957, 1958) and the 1957 national championship football team.

• The supporters of athletics are persons who made a significant contribution in a service-related role and/or financially to the program.

This year’s duo of supporters include Keith Miles, the “Voice of The Rattlers,” as the anchor of the FAMU Football Radio broadcasts since 1984 and former Director of FAMU’s Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Rev. Dr. Edward Scott, area dentist and pastor, who has been a staunch supporter of the university and athletics through the Rattler Boosters and the National Alumni Association.

Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased from the FAMU Athletic Ticket Office at the front entrance to the FAMU Teaching Gymnasium, beginning mid-July, or from members of the Sports Hall of Fame Steering Committee. Contact Dr. Joseph P. Ramsey, Chairperson at (850) 906-9150.

2009 FAMU SPORTS HALL OF FAME ENSHIREMENT CLASS
Beauford, Terry            Football (1986-90)
Collier, Leon                 Basketball & Football (1956-59)
Ezell, Tony                   Football (1988-91)
Miles, Keith                  Supporter
Nunnally, Jacquay       Football (1997-2000)
Scott, Dr. Edward        Supporter
Ware, Aldwin               Basketball (1984-88)
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