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Feature Story

50 years later, 1968 team remembers championship season

Long before the days of Madden NFL video games, Sim Byrd and the Troy State Red Wave were lighting up score boards across the southeast with numbers that defied logic in route to the school’s first national championship.

As members of that 1968 NAIA championship team gathered for a reunion at Veterans Memorial Stadium the night before TROY’s victory over Florida A&M, they reflected back on the innovative approach that led them to their historic achievement.

Along with a turnover-hungry defense, the Red Wave made their mark with a blistering offensive attack, scoring 30 or more points in 11 of 12 games that season.

Quarterback Sim Byrd set the record books ablaze by throwing for more than 3,500 yards and an unbelievable 41 touchdowns in an era more known for smash-mouth running attacks.

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