The 2009 ULM Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are set for Saturday, Apr. 25, on the campus of ULM. The festivities will take place in the University Conference Center on the seventh floor of the library beginning at noon.
In part one of a four part series the ULM media relations department will feature the four inductees – Raymond Philyaw, John Clement, Angela (Black) Moon and Marlena Mossbarger – of this year's hall of fame class.
Philyaw became one of ULM's great quarterbacks during his four-year career in Monroe. Throughout his time he earned a pair of all-independent honors (1994, 95) and three all-Louisiana distinctions (1994, 95, 96). By the end of his senior campaign, he had written his name into the program's record book with his 52nd career touchdown pass, at the time the most in ULM history.
His touchdown total ranks second on the career list today while his 7,061 career passing yards are the third-most in ULM history.
"It means the world to me to be inducted into the ULM Hall of Fame," Philyaw said. "To be chosen beside some of the greatest athletes that have come through ULM is a blessing."
Playing at Nevada on Oct. 14, 1995, Philyaw enjoyed one of the greatest quarterbacking days in ULM history. ULM dropped the final decision, but Philyaw connected on 486 yards, the second most in program history, and a record-setting five touchdown strikes.
"To be able to get a full scholarship was an honor and to be a three year starter was amazing," Philyaw said. "Even though we made the transition to Division I, I was lucky enough to see different universities and play against some of the best college athletes in the country. I had the chance to see where I stood against other athletes from major colleges. My time at ULM was the best four years of my life."
Since departing ULM, Philyaw is most recognized for his successful career in the Arena Football League. In his nine-year career he has played for four different franchises and passed for over 24,000 yards while connecting on over 450 touchdowns. In the process, Philyaw set an AFL record of 9.03 TD-to-INT ratio – second place is a distant 7.93 TD-to-INT. He also has the fourth highest completion percentage and passer rating in league history.
The Shreveport, La., native played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prior to joining the AFL. He also put on the pads for the Madison Mad Dogs of the Indoor Football League in 1998.
Outside of the football field Philyaw is taking classes at ULM and seeking a sociology degree with the intention of graduating in Dec. of 2009. Currently the AFL has suspended the 2009 season with plans to re-launch the 23-year-old league next year.