Ferris State Football Returns Home to Big Rapids for National Title Celebration
BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State football team returned home to Big Rapids from McKinney, Texas to celebrate the NCAA Division II national title on Sunday afternoon.
Parents first greeted players when they got off the plane in Grand Rapids and then a huge crowd of students, alumni and fans gathered on campus to welcome back the national champions as they stepped off the busses.
The Bulldogs departed for Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 22 and returned with extra passenger on board — the Division II National Championship trophy.
The national title is the first ever in the program’s history and first for head coach Tony Annese. He was hired to lead the Bulldogs 10 years ago on Wednesday.
After leading 41-17 at halftime, No. 1 Ferris State football dominated its way to a 58-17 win over No. 2 Valdosta State in the 2021 NCAA Division II National Championship at McKinney ISD Stadium in Texas on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs completed the perfect season, ending 2021 undefeated at 14-0 as the best team in D-II college football.