Trayvon Martin’s Father Named Honorary Captain Of FAMU Football Team

Source: Chris Hays / Orlando Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE — Trayvon Martin’s father has been named honorary captain of the FAMU football team after delivering an inspirational speech to the team Sunday.

Florida A&M coach Earl Holmes said Tracy Martin, whose son’s shooting death in Sanford drew national attention, called him recently and the coach invited the grieving father to address his players.

“[We] talked and I told him I’d love him to talk to the team. He came out and he was very, very encouraging,” Holmes said. “ . . . [He] got a standing ovation from our guys. He talked about just persevering and told the guys to keep on pushing through the hard times. The message he shared with the kids was very positive and they were very responsive.”

Holmes said Tracy Martin will be an honorary captain for the Rattlers this season. Martin is scheduled to be on the field for the pregame coin toss when FAMU plays it season opener against Mississippi Valley State, Sept. 1 during the MEAC-SWAC Challenge at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is at 11:45 a.m. and the game will air on ESPN.

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