FAMU's "Hubba-Hubba" Tookes Passes Away at 86

By: Elton Gumbel Email
By: Elton Gumbel Email

"Hubba Hubba" were words Hansel Tookes made famous in the FAMU Rattler community; words that unfortunately can no longer be spoken by the Rattler icon.

Hansel Tookes passed away Wednesday afternoon at the age of 86. The legendary coach had been battling pneumonia.

Coach "Tootie" Tookes was one of the original members on the Jake Gaither coaching staff back in the FAMU golden days. Tookes became athletic director of Florida A&M University back in 1973. During his illustrious tenure, Coach Tookes founded the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and is also credited with helping to found the annual Florida Classic football game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman.

Tookes was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, and later inducted to the MEAC Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Tookes is survived by his loving wife Lavada and their 2 kids and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be discussed.

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