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Since the first Hornet football team took the field in 1916, winning has been a tradition at Fullerton College.

In its over 100-year athletic history, Fullerton College has won hundreds of conference titles, nearly two dozen state championships and five national football titles.

Of course, Fullerton College has also had its share of standout athletes — many going on to achieve success in the professional sports world.

Longtime NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg played football at Fullerton College. DeBerg was inducted into the Fullerton College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

Former NFL and UFL head coach Jim Fassel (1997 NFL Coach of the Year) led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV vs the Ravens in 2000 and led the United Football League's Las Vegas Locos to back to back to back championships (2009, 2010, 2011). Fassel was the Hornets' starting quarterback during the 1967 national championship season. He was also inducted into FC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Washington Redskins Hall of Famer and defensive back Brig Owens began his playing career at Fullerton College. Owens, one of the game's first three-way players, was named as one of the Redskins' 70 Greatest Players. He was also inducted in the FC Athletics Hall of Fame in its very first year in 2005.

Hornet Hall of Famer Steve Trachsel (FC Hall of Famer 2008), a starting All-Star Major League pitcher, and Jerry Pimm (FC Hall of Famer 2015), the former men's basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara and Utah, also started their collegiate days as Hornets.