Winston-Salem, NC -- The Winston-Salem State Rams football team wasn't able to bring home a national championship, but the community is still showing players its support.
Players, students, alumni, fans, and even local leaders piled into the Joel Coliseum Sunday to celebrate the football team's success over the past year.
The WSSU "Red Sea of Sound" marching band performed a few sets and fans got to take home commemorative programs with players' autographs.
Mayor Allen Joines spoke at the celebration. Other speakers included Forsyth Commissioners Richard Linville and Vivian H. Burke, members of the city council, WSSU Chancellor Donald Reaves, Athletics Director Bill Hayes and football Coach Connell Maynor.
Allean Simms better known as 'Mamm Ram' say's she is really proud of her Ram's. She was there when the team played for the Division II championship and she knows this year was special. Allean say's she's been following the team since she was in high school, and she can't remember a more successful team, which leads her to believe next year will be even better.
The Rams finished the 2012 season with a 14-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national championship; they lost in a heart-breaker to Valdosta State.
The team won the CIAA championship and broke its own record for the most wins ever by an historically Black college or university.
The Rams were voted the HBCU national champions for the second straight year.
Click here for WSSU's tentative 2013 Football Schedule.