Rashad Armstrong brought his football skills to the stadium of MCC in 2000. Younger players looked to him for leadership as he triumphed over turf toe, an arm injury and a broken ankle his first year. As a Thunderbird sophomore, he was named National Junior College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American. Over the 10-game 2001 season, he scored 16 touchdowns and gained 1,373 yards on 221 carries, breaking the college’s 31-year rushing record and placing him third in the nation in rushing yardage. He was a First Team All-Western States Football League selection.
After graduating from MCC and considering offers from Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, University of Southern California, Clemson, Oklahoma and Florida, Rashad accepted Baylor University’s offer in Texas. As a junior Bear, he gained 674 yards with four touchdowns. In his senior season, he accumulated 1,074 yards with six more scores. His yardage total is still number 10 in Baylor history. His performance earned him Third Team All-Southwest Conference honors. His career total of 1,721 yards is still 15th all-time for the Bears.
Rashad returned as the MCC running back coach 2005 through 2007. He began working in the behavioral health area for middle school students and, during this time, Rashad volunteered his skills and passion for his sport as a youth and high school football coach.
He and his wife have been foster parents and have adopted children. He currently mentors in the behavioral health field and is the owner of Gifted Sports Training, focusing on speed and agility coaching.
For a link to the full video of the ceremony, please visit MCC Hall of Fame 2021.