Students surprise football team after win in Ohio

This past weekend the Grambling State University Tigers traveled to Ohio to play Tennessee State, where they captured a victory with a win of 16-10 in the Black College Hall of Fame Classic.

Following the big win, once the team returned they were welcomed by a crowd of students to celebrate winning their season opener.

Chloe Douzart, an elementary education major from Omaha, Nebraska, said the excitement that she as well as other students were feeling helped her come up with the idea to welcome the players back to campus.

“Everyone was so excited about us winning this very first game, and me and a friend both had the idea of meeting the team when they touched down in the G!

“The hype everyone was feeling made it easy to get everyone on board to support them,” Douzart said.

She said it was extremely emotional seeing everyone come together to support the G-Men.

‘When the guys stepped off the bus and saw us standing there cheering them on, it felt like we were actually a family. It felt so heart warming seeing everyone come out to see the team come home.”

Douzart said she hopes the school spirit continues, and that the rest of GramFam comes out for the rest of the season.

“I honestly want us to cheer them on every game. So regardless if we win or lose, we’re still gonna meet them in the parking lot to turn them up, Douzart said.

Victoria Eggleston, a senior criminal justice major, from Grand Prairie, Texas, said she loved attending the football welcome, and that she felt the love and support all around.

“I really enjoyed attending the football welcome! I literally felt the love and GramFam spirit that night. The support that we have for each other is none like anywhere else!” Eggleston said.

Brooke Gray, a senior management and marketing major from Sacramento, California, said the energy at the welcoming was great.

“After seeing everybody on Twitter rave about how proud they were of our G-Men and World Famed, I felt like we needed to carry that energy back to campus. Especially since we didn’t have the best season in the spring,” Gray said.

Gray said that it was nice to get everyone back together to support the team.

“As I stood and looked around, I felt such a sense a pride knowing that a simple idea like this would bring that many people together on such a short notice.

“I talked to a few of the band members and football players before they touched down about the welcome back, and their reactions were priceless,” Gray said.

Gray said that she would love to see the school support the G-Men throughout the rest of their season, as well as with all other sports.

“People seemed to really enjoy themselves, and I really hope that all of our athletes and band members know that we’re 110 percent behind them,” Gray said.