When you hear the word “hammer”, you think of something that is hard hitting, something you don’t want to be hit by, so it’s no surprise that the Southbeach Outlaws Dwaine “Hammer” Hernton, Jr. has been issued that as a nick-name. The 34yr old, 6’3, 375lb lineman from Ceres High School, attended Modesto Junior Collge, where as a freshman, he received an honorable mention for all-league offensive lineman, received an award for all-league lineman and 3 offensive player of the week recognitions during the season. He began his semi pro career with the Modesto Raiders, playing from 2004-11, then played with the West Valley Wolves in 2012 and when they merged with the Stocton Hurricanes in 2013, he played for the Central Valley Jaguars. In 2014, “Hammer” wanted a change from the Valley. He chose the Southbeach Outlaws, because he said he, “Felt the good vibes between the players, owners and coaches.” His advice to the 2016 “new recruits”, is to, “Work hard and show your coaches and teammates your talent and skills. Don’t talk about it.” He would like to be remembered for his leadership and humbleness, and he states his greatest accomplishment to date, is his 2014 championship with the Southbeach Outlaws. He believes Southbeach’s future will be successful as long as “We keep players that will treat their teammates as family and play for the man next to him.” No article about “Hammer” would be complete, without mentioning the man off the field. While being a beast on the field, at home, he is a very “dedicated Christian, country and family man that does whatever he needs to get all jobs done,” according to his loving wife. He is the father of 14 beautiful children, has numerous pets, and also loves to breed horses. The consensus seems to be, Dwaine “Hammer” Hernton, Jr., is the nicest guy you’d ever meet “off the field”. Unfortunately, “Hammer” was not able to make the game last season with the Pacifica Islanders in the PCFL conf championship, and he took the loss harder than anyone. Feeling he let his family down, there’s no doubt, he will be back this season with a desire and drive, unmatched to any season before.