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.
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.