1950s

Llody Snelson

Lloyd Snelson, PhD, '57 (Physical Education), MA '67 (Education)

Dr. Lloyd Snelson longs to see Sac State’s student-athletes follow in his footsteps, though that is a lofty proposition. The long-time Hornet supporter kicked the winning extra point in Sac State’s first victory on the football field back in 1955. His enduring enthusiasm for his alma mater earned Snelson the nickname “Mr. Hornet.” Read more»

1980s

Greg Knapp

Greg Knapp '85 (Communication Studies)

It might be enough to have a job where you get to wear shorts and work outside every day. Or have co-workers who are household names. Or even play a game for a living. But when your work is also your passion, it doesn’t get much better. Ask Greg Knapp. The former Sac State football standout has been the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Houston Texans. He’s now the quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Read more»

1990s

John Gesek

John Gesek '90 (Criminal Justice)

The script for “Hornet Football: Beyond the Causeway” is part classic sports film, part Frank Capra movie. Through persistence and happenstance, defying the odds and being at the right place at the right time, it tells the story of Sac State players who’ve advanced to football fame. They may have had to work harder getting noticed in the beginning than players from “Football U” schools, but that effort has helped them make names for themselves and the Hornet program. Read more»

2000s

Fred Amey

Fred Amey (Economics)

They each represented the Hornets in different sports but former athletes Otis Amey, LaVerne Simmons-Barnett, Bill Barker and Blake Crosby all have one thing in common: they all wore the number 10 at Sacramento State. Former Hornet, San Francisco 49er and Canadian League wide receiver (Fred) Otis Amey proclaims that the number 10 is the greatest number in sports. Read more»

Lonie Paxton

Lonie Paxton '00 (Communication Studies)

The script for “Hornet Football: Beyond the Causeway” is part classic sports film, part Frank Capra movie. Through persistence and happenstance, defying the odds and being at the right place at the right time, it tells the story of Sac State players who’ve advanced to football fame. They may have had to work harder getting noticed in the beginning than players from “Football U” schools, but that effort has helped them make names for themselves and the Hornet program. Read more»

Ricky Ray

Ricky Ray '01 (Business Administration)

The script for “Hornet Football: Beyond the Causeway” is part classic sports film, part Frank Capra movie. Through persistence and happenstance, defying the odds and being at the right place at the right time, it tells the story of Sac State players who’ve advanced to football fame. They may have had to work harder getting noticed in the beginning than players from “Football U” schools, but that effort has helped them make names for themselves and the Hornet program. Read more»

Troy Jones

Troy Jones '02 (Kinesiology), MPT '04 (Physical Therapy)

When you see Atlanta Braves all-star Brian McCann launch a home run or Jason Heyward throw out a runner at the plate, you’re watching some of Troy Jones’ handiwork. Read more»

2010s

Markel WilliamsMarkell Williams

Sacramento State’s head football coach called him “the heart and soul of the team.” He was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s 2013 Campbell Trophy, which honors outstanding college scholar-athletes. And his teammates, looking to him as their leader, asked him to give the eulogy at the funeral of one of their ownRead more»