Kim Hammond
Kim Crane Hammond

(1944-10-12)October 12, 1944
DiedJuly 16, 2017(2017-07-16) (aged 72)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Alma materFlorida State University
OccupationCircuit court judge
Football career
Career information
Uniform number15
CollegeFlorida State University
Common draft1968 / Round: 6 / Pick: 142
Career history
As player
(1968)AFL Miami Dolphins
(1969)AFL Boston Patriots
(1970)NFL Boston Patriots
Career stats
QB Rating34.2

Kim Crane Hammond (October 12, 1944 – July 16, 2017) was a judge in Flagler County, Florida and was a quarterback for Florida State University. For Seminole fans, he is best remembered for quarterbacking the team's first victory over rival Florida in Gainesville, 21–16. Hammond died on Sunday, July 16, 2017, after suffering from illnesses for several years.[1]

Football career

High School

Hammond attended Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida, where he played football, baseball and basketball.[2]


After a year as a redshirt, then two as backup to Gary Pajcic, Hammond got his first start in the second game of his senior year against Alabama. The Crimson Tide was riding a 21-game winning streak, but Hammond and the Seminoles were ready. FSU had lost in 1965 by the score of 21-0, but instead of being dominated, they embarrassed Bear Bryant by scoring more points than Alabama had allowed the entire previous season. The final score was 37-37, but the tie was probably the most impressive game the Seminoles had played. FSU lost its next game to North Carolina State 20-10 before winning the remaining 7 regular season games. As a reward for their 7-2-1 season, they were invited to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Hammond played in the 1967 Senior Bowl and was named MVP. He was a second team All-American quarterback in his senior year and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.[3] The Florida State University Hall of Fame inducted him in 1978.

Gator Bowl

In 1997, Hammond was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame for his performance in the 1967 postseason game against Penn State. The Nittany Lions were ranked 10th nationally under second year coach Joe Paterno, and favored by two touchdowns over the upstart Noles. Down 17-0 at halftime, the Seminole defense shut down their opponents and Hammond threw for 362 yards and one touchdown and ran for another as FSU scored 17 unanswered points for a tie. Hammond was named MVP for the game.


A 6th round selection (142nd overall pick) of the 1968 Common Draft, Hammond played two seasons in the American Football League, for the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Patriots, respectively, in 1968 and 1969. Hammond played in six games in his short professional career, completing 15 of 32 passes for 147 total yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also scored two points on a conversion. Hammond was also on the roster of the World Football League's Jacksonville Sharks in 1974.[4] Hammond did not attempt a pass for the Sharks, and he was sacked twice for a net loss of 15 yards.[5]

Judicial career

After attending Florida State University, Hammond was in private practice in Daytona Beach for several years. He became a judge in 1979. The Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell is named in his honor.[6] Judge Hammond was also the first president of the "National Seminole Club" when the Seminole Boosters merged with the Alumni organization in 1972.

See also


  1. ^ "Judge Kim C. Hammond, Legend from Seminole Gridiron to Flagler Courtroom, Dies at 72". 17 July 2017.
  2. ^ Space Coast Daily, "Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame's Kim Hammond Passes Away at Age 72", vol. 11, issue 2, (Aug/Sep 2017), p. 89.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2007-12-31.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "1974 Jacksonville Sharks roster and stats".
  5. ^ "1974 Jacksonville Sharks roster and stats".
  6. ^ "Hammond Bio". Archived from the original on 2002-12-21.