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FAMU honors its own

October 12, 2004

Florida A&M retired the numbers of two former football stars and honored a tennis legend at halftime of Saturday night's game against Nicholls State. Bob Hayes (#22), Willie Galimore (#50) and Althea Gibson were honored during the fourth Rattler Football Reunion Weekend in Tallahassee.
Bob Hayes' sister Lucille Hayes-Hester thanks the crowd for honoring her brother Willie Galimore's widow Audrey responds to the retirement of her husband's jersey at FAMU
Photos provided by Don Juan Moore

Hayes won a gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olumpics in the 100 meters and 4X100 meter relay. Following a world-class track career, he moved on to an All-Pro career in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Hayes played football at FAMU from 1960-64. He is the only may to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal and Super Bowl Ring. He died in 2002.

Galimore was a four-time All-American at FAMU from 1953-56. He is still the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,592 career yards. He was a star running back for the Chicago Bears from 1957-63 and was the first black player ot have his number retired by the Bears. Galimore was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He died in a training camp auto accident in 1964.

Gibson, a 1954 FAMU graduate, won 11 major tennis titles including the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Gibson also spent more than a decade on the LPGA Tour and was a two-time Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year. She died in 2003.


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