The Florida A&M Rattlers have won 29 Conference Championships and 13 different college football national titles. They have won the black college football national championship 11 times. An Associated Press College Division National Championship in 1962. The Rattlers also won the inaugural NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1978.
A list of former players who went on to have successful careers at higher levels such as NFL stars like Alonzo Johnson or current coaches such as Willie Simmons who now heads up Prairie View A&M’s program after spending three years leading his alma mater from 2018–2020.
History of the Rattlers
The Florida A&M Rattlers have a long and storied history in NCAA sports. The school, located in Tallahassee, has been competing since the early 1900s and is now one of the most successful programs in college athletics. With over 50 conference championships across all sports combined, they are undoubtedly an institution that any true fan should be proud to support.
Regarding football specifically, no program has had more success than the Rattlers'. They’ve won nine conference titles since their inaugural season in 1923 and have made eight appearances at bowl games throughout their tenure as a Division I-AA (now FCS) member. Of those eight bowls appearances, five resulted in victories for FAMU – including two wins against fellow HBCU schools Southern University (1948 Orange Blossom Classic) and Grambling State University (1972 Pioneer Bowl).
In addition to football excellence on campus at Bragg Stadium or Al Lawson Multipurpose Center for basketball games, FAMU also boasts some notable alumni who went on to become professional athletes, such as former NFL running back Earl Holmes, who played 12 seasons with three different teams from 1996-2008; Super Bowl champion wide receiver Anquan Boldin who was drafted by Arizona Cardinals 2003 draft class; MLB pitcher Bruce Chen whose career spanned 15 years until his retirement after 2014 season; NBA guard Sam Cassell spent 17 years playing professionally before retiring after 2008–09 season; Cleveland Rockers selected WNBA player LaToya Thomas during 2002 Draft Class; plus many others!
For any diehard fan looking for something special this year when it comes time to cheer on our beloved Rattlers', there is plenty of reason why you should get excited about what lies ahead! From historic rivalries like “The Florida Classic” between them & Bethune Cookman Wildcats every November 2nd weekend -to potential postseason runs that could put us right into the national spotlight once again – make sure you don't miss out cheering alongside your friends & family while we show everyone just how strong our spirit is here at Florida A&M University!
College Sports Established
Florida A&M University
1979 - Present / NCAA Division I
2021 - Present / Southwestern Athletic Conference
1979 - 1984, 1986 - 2021 / Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Rattlers - The Florida A&M Rattlers are one of the most recognizable teams in college sports. Their iconic orange and green colors have become a symbol of excellence for many fans across the country. But where did this nickname come from? Let's look at its origins and how it has become popular today!
The Florida A&M Rattlers first adopted their name in 1932, when they were still known as the State Normal College for Colored Students. The school was looking to choose an animal mascot that embodied strength, courage, and agility - qualities that would represent their athletes on the field. After much discussion among students and faculty members alike, they decided upon "Rattler" due to its reputation as one of nature’s most formidable predators with lightning-fast reflexes. This moniker quickly became synonymous with FAMU athletics over time until eventually being officially recognized by NCAA officials in 1948. It was added to official team documents like media guides or game programs for football games against other schools throughout Florida's college system.
Today, FAMU is widely known around campus simply as “the Rattlers” – something that current players, alumni, and supporters have embraced. From cheering them on during football season all year round to attending homecoming festivities each fall semester - there is no denying why this particular nickname has stood firm since 1932!
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