Doug Williams speaks at ceremony that honored Brandon Hepburn
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club, one of the oldest football support organizations in the entire country, had their jamboree to end their 2012 season. The banquet was held at the Florida State University Center Club, atop Doak Campbell Stadium. Former NFL Superbowl XXII champion quarterback Doug Williams was the featured speaker. One of the night's biggest honorees was this year's Jake Gaither Sportsmanship Award winner Brandon Hepburn. A special presentation was also made to former FAMU quarterback Dennis Jefferson, who was a big part of the history of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.
FAMU Athletic director Derek Horne, gave the invocation at the celebration for the capacity crowd. FAMU associate athletic director Michael Smith, assistant athletic director Angela Suggs, senior women's administrator Faydre Hawkins-Brown, sports information director Vaughn Wilson, assistant sports information director Ronnie Johnson, assistant football coach Quinn Gray and associate head coach George Small were all in attendance at the event.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club began in 1949, with the mission of promoting football in the Tallahassee area. Over the decades, it has maintained the integrity of the sport and honored football greats from high school and college football on a weekly basis. Over the past three years, the FAMU family has reemerged in the fold of the organization.
Jefferson, who played for Jake Gaither, was honored by Tallahassee Quarterback Club president-elect Hugh Tomlinson. Tomlinson recognized Jefferson as the oldest living honoree from the club as he received the sportsmanship award from the club in 1955, just six years into its existence. Jefferson was recognized to a standing ovation.
Coach George Small presented Hepburn with his sportsmanship award. After reading the impressive resume of Hepburn, Small brought him up to present him with his plaque and allow him to address the crowd. "I am humbled by this award. I thank God for giving me the talent and ability to achieve what I have been able to accomplish, because without him, none of this would be possible," Hepburn said. He was accompanied by teammate Padric Scott.
The 6'4", 235 Hepburn was the Rattlers' leading tackler with 86 total. He was awarded to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team, the first member in FAMU football history. The Jake Gaither Sportmanship Award, as presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club, is given to the player that exemplifies integrity.
Next stop for Hepburn is Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 7, as the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team will be honored at the BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and the University of Alabama.
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