Florida A&M University Retires #78 Jersey of Henry "Killer Lawrence," FAMU's Greatest Football Player (1971-73), Former Oakland Raider, 3-time SuperBowl Veteran and Future NFL Hall of Famer

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On September 15, 2007 at 7:00pm Eastern in Tallahassee, Nelson Townsend FAMU Director of Athletics said the number #78 worn by Henry "Killer" Lawrence (1972-1973) will not be worn by another FAMU football player again, as they retire Henry "Killer" Lawrence jersey. Henry Lawrence retires his jersey as the greatest football player to play the game for the FAMU Rattlers. Henry joins the family of the deceased Tyrone McGriff (1976-1979) and Ulysses Curtis (1945-48) as the FAMU 2007 Jersey Retirement Honorees.

Too Tall Jones and John Makusak

The Greatest FAMU Football Player and NFL Future Hall of Famer, Henry "Killer" Lawrence retires his #78 Football Jersey among thousands FAMU Sports fans during half-time of the Howard Bison and FAMU home game on September 15, 2007.

Henry "Killer" Lawrence, former offensive tackle for the FAMU rattlers, became a superstar at a young age, when his athletic excellence captured the pro-scouts at the 1974 Senior Bowl. Virtually unknown to Division One Schools, Henry excelled and beat out his major contenders "Too Tall Jones and John Makusak" to become the 1974 Oakland Raider No.#1 draft pick. Henry played with the Oakland Raiders for over 13 years, and is a three-time Superbowl Veteran. In 2005 and 2006, Henry was nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame. Henry was also named a 2006 Sportsmavericks' Legend along with Chris Leak of the World Champion Florida Gators.

For many of Henry's fans, Henry's enshrinement into the NFL Football Hall of Fame is not far away, but Henry believes that he will earned his spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, when God says so and not a minute sooner. And he adds to this question, "I am thankful for all the great gifts that God has given me from my life experience as a migrant worker, to a top college graduate from Florida A&M University, No.1 Draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, thirteen year NFL career, three super bowl rings, inducted in the FAMU College Hall of Fame and now the honor of having my college jersey retired. The NFL Hall of Fame is in God's hands."

Today, Henry has a diverse career as a Sports Executive and Entertainer. Many football fans call him "killer," and others call him the "reincarnation of Sam Cooke." Henry is known as a great football player, but to music fans worldwide, he is the sweet crooner. Henry and his bands perform at national and international concerts, NFL events and corporate parties every year, while he does double duty as Sports Executive. Henry talent was recently showcased at the 2007 Jokaba Film Festival in Blakely, Georgia.

On the Sports side, Henry continues to be an mentor for migrant workers, aspiring athletes and serves a prison ministry as a volunteer. Henry also serves on the Board of Sportsmavericks, Inc. a multi-media sports and production company, and holds the position of Vice-President of Sports Initiatives. Henry is presently spearheading up the Sportsmavericks' Strategic Partnership with Peace Sport, a Worldwide Initiative out of Monaco to wage peace with sports in war torn areas with Eric Davis, a standout at University of Wisconsin in Basketball.

Many fans and admirers of Henry Lawrence can get a second chance to experience Henry's enthusiasm, passion and love for football on Sportsmavericks' new Audiobooks. Henry is featured on Sportsmavericks' new Five Star Education Collection entitled: "Pro-Ready Coach! Survival Guide for Student Athletes and Sports Parents." In 2008, Henry will returned to the national spotlight as the Music director for the upcoming Television Show entitled Sportsmavericks Talk Show " Smarttalk For Parents and Athletes hosted by Ida R. Muorie.

(Copyright 2007, Ida R. Muorie for Sportsmavericks, Inc.)

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