The Champions also have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against FAMU and the company that owns the bus in which the hazing took place.

But on Sunday, the future - not FAMU's recent past - was the focus for fans.

"We're Rattlers. We come back strong. We come back striking," said Shakera Akins, a 2011 FAMU graduate. "We're already a close-knit family, so it just brings us closer together. We heal quickly. We strike from the top."