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Honored in Quincy: FAMU coaches receive key to city

Posted: 7:39 PM, Jan 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-11 19:58:29-05

QUINCY, Fl. (WTXL) — Quincy, Florida locals swarmed the Joe Ferolito Recreational Center Saturday afternoon to honor two natives, who are Florida A&M football coaches.

Willie Simmons, Florida A&M head football coach, and his assistant coach, Alex Jackson headed back home Saturday, and were given the keys to the city of Quincy. The men were honored in their rolls as coaches at FAMU.

The Rattler football program was named black college football champions for the 2019 season. Both men are humbled and blessed to be honored in such a way. "Many dreams and aspirations came true, right here on Corry Field," said Simmons. "And to be able to come back here at the Joe Ferolito Recreational Center, an individual who was an inspiration in my youth, it's just a wonderful experience and just happy to be here today."

Jackson added, "I'm an offensive lineman by trade, so we don't really get acknowledged much unless we're doing something wrong. But, I'm really here for the kids, to be an inspiration for them, to motivate and encourage them to do more to chase their dreams."