Rocky the Red Hawk laying down on the football field

Rocky the Red Hawk

Montclair State University’s Mascot

Everyone loves our school’s mascot, Rocky the Red Hawk. He resembles the local red-tailed hawk, which you may see flying over campus throughout the year. Rocky is dedicated to spreading Red Hawk Pride and frequently attends events both on and off-campus. He never misses a Homecoming or Commencement and loves to come out of his nest as often as he can to support the students, faculty and staff here at Montclair State University.

History of Rocky
  • In 1989 Montclair State University became the Red Hawks.
  • In 2001 “Rocky” was named after a student vote as our school mascot.
  • In 2015 Team Rocky was formally established.
  • In 2016 Rocky’s cousin Ricky made his official debut.
  • In 2018 Rocky’s little sister “Roxy” made her official debut.
  • In 2019 Rocky’s “Uncle Roy” made his official debut.
  • In 2023 Rocky’s best friend “Deacon” joined the family from Bloomfield.

Request Rocky!

Rocky is available upon request, pending notice and availability. He loves photo ops, passing out prizes, riding around on his golf cart and all around just having fun. So no matter what your event, we would love to try to make it!

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Rocky’s Family

Being a mascot is more fun when there are other characters to work with, which is why we have created a small family for Rocky! Although the other characters do not appear as often as Rocky does, they do come out during notable events and special times of the year.

Roxy – Rocky’s Little Sister

Roxy, unlike Rocky, is red! While the other members of Rocky’s family all don the brown feathers and red tail, Roxy has red feathers and a red tail. She is one of a kind, quirky and a little dramatic at times. She does represent a more feminine character. Help us celebrate Roxy’s birthday every March 18!

Ricky – Rocky’s Cousin

Rocky’s cousin Ricky is a fan favorite here on campus. He’s smaller and a little on the creepy side, which is telling since his favorite holiday is Halloween – but don’t worry he’s friendly!

Roy – Rocky’s Uncle

Uncle Roy is an older gentleman and walks with a cane and/or a walker. If you get the chance to meet Uncle Roy, expect a firm handshake and maybe a pat on the back.

Deacon – Rocky’s Best Friend

Deacon the Bloomfield Bear joined Rocky’s family after the merging of our two University’s in 2023, but it works out perfectly since Rocky and Deacon have been best friends for some time now! Deacon has some killer dance moves and even though looks a little scary, is the kindest black bear you’ll ever meet. Don’t forget to come in for a bear hug!