Raymond Bellamy

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2016

Raymond Bellamy was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 after an exceptional football career where we was a pioneer for equality on the gridiron.

The Bradenton, Florida, native was a three-sport student-athlete at Lincoln Memorial High School, lettering in football, basketball and track & field. Off the field, he served as the student-body president and the Florida State Student Council president.

Bellamy played for the LMHS football team in Palmetto from 1962-66, serving as the team captain. Bellamy played both sides of the ball as well as special teams, playing every snap of every game.

In his final three seasons, he was named All-Conference on the defensive side of the ball, while earning All-State honors as a defensive end as a junior and a senior. Bellamy was responsible for leading his Trojans to an undefeated season.

In December 1966, Bellamy signed a football scholarship with the University of Miami, becoming the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with a major university in the Southeastern part of the United States. The Lincoln graduate chose “The U” over offers from Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Indiana and others.

Bellamy rewrote the record book as a member of Miami’s freshman team in 1967, before getting promoted to the varsity squad the next fall. As a sophomore, he totaled 549 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 37 receptions, including a performance at Auburn where he caught eight passes for 121 yards.

After another impressive season in 1969, Bellamy was severely injured in a car accident in January 1970 that ultimately ended his budding career as a football superstar. Despite not playing out the rest of his eligibility, he finished in the top-10 at Miami in career catches, career receiving yards, single-season receiving yards, single-season receptions and single-game receptions.

One year after the near-fatal car crash, he was elected Miami's first African-American Student Body president. Later that year, he graduated with a degree in education as and in 1972 earned another degree in business management. Along with a master's degree in college student personnel, Bellamy was inducted into the 2012 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.