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The Florida A&M Rattlers have named Trayvon Martin‘s father, Tracy Martin, an honorary captain for the upcoming season.

Martin spoke to the team during practice on Sunday, August 11, 2013 and he will also perform the pregame coin toss at the season opener versus Mississippi Valley State on Sept 1.

“He had some inspiring words and the guys played off of that, and we’re going to keep pushing for him and his foundation,” said Head coach Earl Holmes. “He’ll be an honorary captain for us this year and he’s welcome any time.”

Trayvon Martin, 17, died on Feb.26, 2012 after being shot by George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in July 2013.

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