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Fort Valley: FVSU and football go hand-in-hand

Some of the highest ranking athletes in professional sports call Fort Valley home / Luke Hetrick (WGXA)

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- In the South, sports can be considered a way of life.

But Fort Valley is on the map in the world of athletics. Some of the highest ranking athletes in professional sports call Fort Valley home.

Honors handed down by the NFL have been received by some of the city's biggest stars.

At the top of the list is former Wildcat and NFL linebacker Greg Lloyd, most known for his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lloyd was one of the most feared linebackers in the game. He finished his career with five Pro Bowl nods and was a two-time MVP of the Steelers.

Fort Valley State has seen a number of players have success in the NFL including Ricardo Lockett, Tyron Poole and Eddie Anderson and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King, arguably one of the most well known punters in the game.

The success of the past is now merging with the present. Fort Valley State is becoming a force again in the Division II college football landscape.

First year coach Kevin Porter led the blue and gold to their first SIAC Championship in 17 years in 2016.

The success of Fort Valley State University football goes hand in hand with Peach County, one of the best programs in the state with a tradition of rich history that continues to grow. The three-time state champions have produced NFL stars over the decades like Randy McMichael and Danny Lockett.

This year, Peach County looks like a favorite to bring home another state championship under head coach Chad Campbell.

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