2012 Speaker Lineup
Reminiscing on 2012
2012 was a fantastic year for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. Jimbo Fisher kicked us off and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams wrapped it up with a whole lot of fun and football excitement in between. We like to show our past year lineups not only to reminisce but to show prospective members the great roster of speakers we regularly invite to our fantastic club.
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Head Coach Of FSU Seminoles
Courtesy of Seminoles.com
Hard work was a family value in the Clarksburg, West Virginia home where Jimbo Fisher was raised; the oldest son of a coal miner and a teacher. Applying those lessons instilled at an early age served Fisher well both athletically and professionally and ultimately delivered him to Florida State University, where he was elevated to head football coach on January 5, 2010.
A veteran of 22 seasons as a college assistant, including three as FSU’s offensive coordinator, Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden – the second winningest coach in major college football – as the Seminoles’ ninth head coach and first new one in 35 years.
In just over a year, he has helped deliver the Seminoles back to a place of national prominence. Boasting a final ranking of No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, Fisher led his team to the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Championship with a 26-17 win over then No. 19 South Carolina. His first season also included a season sweep of in-state rivals Miami and Florida, an ACC Atlantic Division title and the program’s first 10-win season since 2003 as the Seminoles finished 10-4. In just his first season as a head coach, Fisher won the most games (10) by a first-year coach in Florida State history and the third-most by a rookie coach in ACC history. He was named the 2010 Football Writer’s Association of America’s Freshman All-America Team Coach.
Three of his players in 2010 earned All-America honors in offensive guard Rodney Hudson (consensus All-America selection), defensive end Brandon Jenkins and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and National Defensive Freshman of the Year. Fisher capped off the 2010 season with three seniors selected in the 2011 NFL Draft led by quarterback Christian Ponder – the No. 12 overall pick in the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder became the highest offensive player to go for the ‘Noles since offensive lineman Alex Barron in 2005. Before Ponder, Gary Huff was the highest drafted FSU QB as the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the 1973 draft.
Fisher carried the success of his first season onto the recruiting trail as he put together a 2011 recruiting class ranked either first or second nationally by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com.
- Standout Cornerback, was drafted in 2000 by the Dallas Cowboys
- Played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins
Edwards was drafted in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cowboys, becoming a full time starter in 2002. While with the Cowboys, he started 47 games and was part of the statistically ranked number one overall defense in 2003. In 2004, Edwards signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.
Head Coach of FAMU Rattlers
The fifteenth head coach in the storied history of Florida A&M University football, Joseph “Joe” Taylor has quickly restored the razor’s edge to the Rattler brand in his first two seasons. In his inaugural campaign in 2008, Taylor led the Rattlers to a record-setting 9-3 finish – one of the best one-year turnarounds in the country (from 3-8 in 2007) – in the process tying Hall of Fame legend A.S. “Jake” Gaither’s school record for the most wins by a first-year head coach set in 1945. Taylor followed that smashing debut with an 8-3 finish in 2009, during which the Rattlers made their first appearance in various NCAA FCS Top 25 polls since 2001, and were in the hunt for an at-large playoff berth until the season’s final weekend.
The Washington, D.C. native came to FAMU after 16 seasons at the helm of the Hampton (Va.) University football program, where he was the most successful coach in school history. During his tenure at Hampton, Taylor guided the Pirates to a scintillating 136-49-1 record, highlighted by four Black College Championships (1994, 1997, 2005, 2006), nine conference titles (CIAA: 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994; MEAC: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006), a Heritage Bowl Championship (1999), plus 11 trips to the NCAA playoffs (Division II: 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994; FCS/I-AA: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006).
In 2008, Taylor became the ninth Black College coach to surpass the 200-career win barrier, capturing the milestone victory with a 28-21 win over Tennessee State. He finished the 2009 campaign with a sterling career mark of 214-82-4 (.719), ranking him third (3rd) in career victories and fourth (4th) in career winning percentage among active coaches in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA).
Taylor currently ranks second among active head coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) behind College Hall of Fame legend and former FAMU coach Billy Joe (243), who completed his second year at Miles (Ala.) College in 2009. He also ranks seventh among head coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in career victories.
Coach Taylor’s hard work, determination and commitment to excellence have made him a pioneer amongst his peers as evident by his multiple leadership positions.
- A member of the Board of Directors for the Black Coaches Association, Taylor was most recently recognized in 2006 by Sports Illustrated as one of four finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Award.
- President of the 2001 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), he is the chairman the AFCA Minority Issues Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Football Coaches Foundation.
- In addition, Taylor also acts as a member of both the Advisory Board for the Wilson Sporting Goods Corporation and the Division IFCS All-American Selection Committee.
- He has been selected as the Coach of the Year by several professional organizations such as the Washington, D.C. Pigskin Club, the Norfolk Sports Club, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Atlanta, Florida and Richmond Touchdown Clubs.
- In 2000 Taylor was honored with the Johnny Vaught Lifetime Achievement Award by the All-American Football Foundation; he was inducted into the Western Illinois University Hall of Fame in 2001, and in 2009, he was enshrined in the John McClendon/CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Hall of Fame.
Taylor, who is man of great religious faith, is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and places great emphasis on a player’s spiritual and character development, believing it has a direct relation to his competitive success.
- 1967 FSU Quarterback
- Led the Seminoles to their first win over the Gators in the swamp in 1967
- 1967 All-American his Senior Year
- Completed 37 passes for 362 yards in the 1967 Gator Bowl and was elected MVP
- Graduated from FSU Law and later became a Judge (recently retired)
After a year as a redshirt, then two as backup to Gary Pajcic, Hammond got his first start in the second game of his senior year against Alabama. The Crimson Tide was riding a 21-game winning streak, but Hammond and the Seminoles were ready. FSU had lost in 1965 by the score of 21-0, but instead of being dominated, they embarrassed Bear Bryant by scoring more points than Alabama had allowed the entire previous season. The final score was 37-37, but the tie was probably the most impressive game the Seminoles had played. FSU lost its next game to North Carolina State 20-10 before winning the remaining 7 regular season games. As a reward for their 7-2-1 season, they were invited to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Hammond played in the 1967 Senior Bowl and was named MVP. He was a second team All-American quarterback in his senior year and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting . The Florida State University Hall of Fame inducted him in 1978.
- 201-77-10 Record as Head Coach at UGA
- 6 Southeastern Conference Titles
- 1980 National Champion
- Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
There is perhaps no one person more singularly identified with the University of Georgia (UGA) than Vince Dooley, the architect of the athletic program’s modern-day explosive growth and the shepherd of all things “dawg.”
In 1964 Dooley, at the age of thirty-one, was hired by athletic director Joel Eaves as head coach of the UGA football team and served in that position until 1988. Dooley succeeded Eaves as athletic director in 1979 and dedicated the next twenty-five years to Georgia Bulldog athletics until his contract was not renewed in a highly publicized power battle with university president Michael Adams in 2003. As a football coach, Dooley is among an august group of leaders (like Pennsylvania State University’s legendary Joe Paterno) whose entire careers unfolded on one campus. As an athletic director, Dooley presided over numerous changes in the appearance of the UGA campus through the construction and expansion of its athletic facilities.
- 10-2 in his 1st season at Maryland
- Top 10 ranking in his first season
- 1st ACC title by a team other than FSU since 1992
- 2010 ACC Coach of the Year
Ralph Friedgen spent 10 years (2001-10) as head coach at the University of Maryland with a reputation as one of the top offensive minds in college football.
Friedgen lifted the Terrapins to unprecedented heights in his tenure, taking the team to seven bowl games, including a pair of New Year’s Day appearances, and a school record five bowl victories. Prior to Friedgen’s arrival, Maryland had just one bowl game appearance in the previous 15 seasons.
He was the 33rd head coach in school history and ranks third in school history in career victories (75-50) and fourth in winning percentage (.600). Friedgen’s 75 wins rank 10th on the Atlantic Coast Conference all-time list and are more than the Terps had (60) in the 15 years prior to his arrival.
The consensus national coach of the year in 2001 when he led Maryland to its first ACC title in 16 years, Friedgen ranks third in ACC history with five bowl wins and is one of eight coaches with seven or more bowl game appearances. He became the 13th coach in ACC history to amass 70 wins with the victory over Duke (10/2/10).
He was voted ACC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2010, the final one coming when he engineered the second-best turnaround in the FBS. Maryland improved its win total by seven games in 2010 from the previous season and posted the 14th nine-win campaign in school history after finishing 9-4, including a victory in the Military Bowl. Three of those nine-win seasons came under Friedgen.
- Elected into the College Hall of Fame in 1977
- Averaged 7.1 catches per game at FSU
- Led the Nation 1,228 yards and 70 catches in 1967
- 1st Round Draft Pick by the Boston Patriots in 1969.
Quite possibly the most prolific pass catcher to strap on an FSU helmet, Ron Sellers, today, still owns 14 Seminole receiving records.
He caught 212 passes for 3,598 yards from 1966-68.
He averaged 119.9 yards receiving—per game, over his career, and caught at least one pass in 30 consecutive games.
Sellers finished his remarkable career with not only nearly every record secured for the next 40 years, but he was also voted a consensus All-American in 1967—pulling down 70 catches for 1,228 yards and eight touchdowns. The following season he captured 86 receptions for 1,496 yards and 12 scores in his final season. Sellers caught at least 13 passes in a game seven times, had 18 100-yard receiving games and had five games of over 200 yards receiving. Both unbelievable marks by even today’s standards.
Sellers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Grambling Head Coach
- 3 Consecutive Southwestern Conference Titles
- Former Washington Redskins Quarterback
- Super Bowl XXII Champion
Doug Williams is best known for his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos and legendary Denver quarterback John Elway. Williams engineered a 42-10 rout, in which the Redskins set an NFL record by scoring five touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards, with four touchdown passes, and was named Super Bowl MVP. He is the only African American quarterback who has won the Super Bowl.