Photo/Story Gallery 2007
Gifford in FAMU Hall of Fame
Gifford “Spanky” Ramsey, a former FHP sergeant, who passed away last year, was recently inducted into Florida A&M University’s Football Hall of Fame. Ramsey, who played at FAMU from 1977-1980, was a member of two national championship teams, including 1977’s undefeated team and the 1979 squad that upset the Miami Hurricanes. Always among the club leaders in tackles and sacks during his career, Ramsey captured Division I-AA and Black College All-American honors as a senior in 1980, when he recorded 75 tackles and seven quarterback sacks.
According to Florida A&M sports writers, Ramsey was considered one of the fiercest secondary aces in school history, anchoring a defensive quartet from his strong safety position that helped lead FAMU to back-to-back national titles in 1977 and 1978, and a bone-jarring upset of Division I-A University of Miami in 1979. He was the leading head hunter in a secondary that was one of the cornerstones of a scintillating defensive unit that was tops in the nation in 1978, leading NCAA Division I-AA in rushing defense and total defense. That defensive unit, masterminded by Ramsey’s fellow 2007 inductee, defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith, was the key to the Rattlers’ posting the nation’s only undefeated season in 1977, and winning the first-ever NCAA Division I-AA national title in 1978.