Former Rattlers QB Gray makes MEAC HOF
Special to the Outlook
Former FAMU quarterback Quinn Gray was among five members inducted into the 2020 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame class last Thursday morning during an awards brunch at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.
Joining Gray in the 2020 class were both Connell Maynor and Christopher McNeil of North Carolina A&T State, Jana Milin (Maryland Eastern Shore) and Alvin Wyatt, Sr. (Bethune-Cookman).
Gray flourished in the Gulf Coast offense era under legendary head coach Billy Joe – finishing as the Rattlers’ all-time leader at the time in passing yards (7,378), pass attempts (1,113), completions (562) and touchdown passes (57). He holds three of Florida FAMU’s greatest single-game passing performances: 407 yards against South Carolina State in 2001, 390 yards against Morgan State in 2000 and 388 yards against rival Bethune-Cookman in 2000. Leading the Rattlers to back-to-back MEAC titles in 2000 and 2001, Gray reached the NCAA Divivisin I-AA playoffs all four years – including a run to the national semifinals in 1999.
Following his FAMU career, Gray signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in 2002. He was the Jaguars’ backup from then to 2007. Gray also played in NFL Europe in 2003, leading the Frankfurt Galaxy to the league championship.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gray currently serves as head football coach at Lincoln High School, in addition to being a motivational speaker and director of the annual “Future Legends Foundation” football and cheerleaders camp presented by the American Cancer Society.
The MEAC Hall of Fame highlights former student-athletes, coaches, university and conference administrators, as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the conference since its inception in 1970. Inductees were selected by an 11-person committee made up of administrators and representatives from member institutions.
The inaugural Hall of Fame class was inducted on May 29, 1981 during a 10-year anniversary banquet in Greensboro, N.C. Since its establishment, the MEAC Hall of Fame has enshrined 153 people, including the current class.