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From the Legacy Walk, to lacing up my cleats, my Florida Blue Florida Classic
experience was definitely a unique one. Most historically black college and university (HBCU
) football games have no more than 10,000 fans in attendance.
The Florida Classic is the exception. This particular game has been played in front of as many as 73,000+ screaming fans. I was blessed to have been able to participate in it for five years as a player for Bethune-Cookman University. I was able to experience the greatest HBCU rivalry from the inside. To me, the Florida Classic is more than just a game. It is a weekend-long family reunion that includes two of the most famous HBCUs: FAMU and Bethune-Cookman. Whatever your reason for attending, the weekend captivates all ages.
As a former football player for BCU, my perspective is unique. The atmosphere around the game is beyond amazing, and participating in the Legacy Walk is an almost unexplainable feeling. I could actually feel the energy coming from the cheering fans as we walked through the crown to the locker room. From there, we would get dressed and start preparing for the game. Walking through the tunnel onto the field is my most memorable part of the whole experience. Seeing the thousands of fans waiting to watch us play gave me goose bumps every time.
The Florida Classic has always been more than just a game to me. Playing in the game has given me the opportunity to represent my school in a very special way. I wore maroon and gold on my chest with the utmost pride. Now that I have played my years of eligibility, I am able to experience the weekend in a whole new way. Even though I’m no longer playing, it’s still more than just a game. And I still wear maroon and gold. LET’S GO WILDCATS!!!