|Posted by Lori Lyons on April 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM|
Meet the 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class, to be inducted Saturday, June 23, 2010 in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
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ROGER CARR -- An All-State track and field athlete at little Cotton ValleyHigh School, he walked on as a punter at Louisiana Tech and developed into atwo-time All-American college and a 1976 All-Pro wide receiver. In fouryears at Tech, he caught 114 passes for 2,717 yards and a school record 19touchdowns. He made all-conference and all-American in 1972 and 1973 asTech went unbeaten once and won the national College Division championship thenext year with a combined 24-1 record. In 1973, he caught 43 passes for1,112 yards (25.9 yards per play) and 11 touchdowns. He was in the ProBowl in 1976. He played nine years with the Colts, then a year each withSeattle and San Diego. He played in 113 NFL games, catching 271 passesfor 5,071 yards and 31 touchdowns.
WARRICK DUNN -- A standout at every level he played at, the Baton Rouge nativedistinguished himself as one of the NFL’s top running backs in 12 total seasonswith the Tampa Bay Bucs (1997-2001, 2008) and Atlanta Falcons (2002-07). The5-foot-9, 187-pound Dunn was named the Pro Football Writers Association and APOffensive Rookie of the Year in 1997. A three-time Pro Bowl pick in 1997, 2000and 2005, the speedy Dunn was a five-time 1,000-yard rusher who averaged 4.1yards per carry for his career. His most productive season was in 2005 withAtlanta when he rushed for 1,416 yards (5.1 average) and caught 29 passes for220 yards for a total of 1,636 yards from scrimmage. A first-round pick of theBucs in 1997 (12th overall), he went on to rush for 10,967 career yards --which was 19th on the NFL’s all-time list going into the 2011 season -- with 49TDs and a long run of 90 yards. Also a fine receiver out of the backfield at 5feet, 9 inches and 187 pounds, he had 510 career receptions for 4,339 yards and15 TDs with a long of 86. At Florida State, he had career totals of 3,959rushing yards and 37 TDs and 1,314 receiving yards and 12 scores. He helped theSeminoles win the 1993 national title and was a second-team All-American as asenior in 1996. Dunn also competed on the FSU track team as a sprinter and wasan All-American on the 4x100-meter relay team. Dunn starred as Catholic HighSchool where he played quarterback, cornerback and running back. He is alsowell-known for his philanthropic endeavors, which were inspired by the death ofhis mother, Baton Rouge police officer Betty Smothers, a single mother killedin the line of duty in 1993. Through his Warrick Dunn Family Foundation and hisHomes for the Holidays program, Dunn has helped single mothers purchase homesin Baton Rouge, Tampa, Atlanta and Tallahassee. For his efforts off the field,Dunn has been honored as the 2004 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the 2007Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year and the 2008 Bart Starr Man of the Year. Born1-5-1975 in Baton Rouge.
EDDY FURNISS -- A 2010 inductee into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, theNacogdoches, Texas, native was one of the top hitters in LSU and SoutheasternConference history during a four-year career from 1995-98 with the Tigers --producing records that stand 13 years later. Going into the 2011 season,Furniss remains the SEC’s all-time leader in hits (352), doubles (87), homeruns (80), RBIs (308), and total bases (689). In the NCAA record books, he wasthird in total bases, fourth in home runs and doubles, and fifth in RBIs. Athree-time Academic All-American, Furniss, a first baseman, helped LSU to NCAAtitles in 1996 and 1997, and received the 1998 Dick Howser Trophy as collegebaseball’s most outstanding player. He hit .403 in ’98 with 27 doubles, threetriples, 28 homers, 85 runs and 76 RBI, earning first-team All-America andAll-SEC honors. In the two years LSU won the CWS while he was there, Furnissbatted .381 with 26 homers and 102 RBIs in 1996 and .378 with 17 home runs and77 RBIs in ’97. Furniss earned All-America recognition in each of his finalthree seasons and was voted the 1996 SEC Player of the Year. Furniss, a 2007LSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee was chosen in the fourth round of the 1998draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but retired after four minor-league seasons toconcentrate on a career in medicine. He recently completed his family medicineresidency in Fort Worth, Texas. Born 9-18-75 in Nacogdoches,Texas.
MARK GUIDRY -- One of 22 jockeys in the history of thoroughbred racing in theUnited States with more than 5,000 wins, achieving that total over a 32-yearcareer which has recently resumed. After winning his first recognized race atage 16 at Delta Downs (like many other Louisiana-native jockeys, he rode atbush tracks beginning at age 9), Guidry operated on the Louisiana circuit for adecade before moving his tack to the Chicago circuit. He earned the moniker“King of Chicago” after winning 18 riding titles in that area -- nine at thenow-defunct Sportsman’s Park, seven at Hawthorne Race Course and two atArlington Park. His biggest career win was aboard longshot Lemons Forever inthe 2006 Kentucky Oaks. Coincidentally, a year later on Kentucky Oaks Day atChurchill Downs, Guidry became the 21st jockey to reach the 5,000-win plateau.He received the 2006 George Woolf Memorial Award for career achievements andpersonal character, presented each year by Santa Anita Park and voted on byjockeys nationwide. Guidry retired from the saddle in November 2007 with 5,044wins from 31,321 mounts. His mounts earned slightly more than $100 million.Guidry took on a career as a trainer beginning in the summer of 2008, andreturned to the saddle in 2011. Born 8-6-59 in Lafayette.
AARON JAMES -- A three-time All-American at Grambling after a prepAll-America career at New Orleans’ Cohen High School, James played five seasonswith the expansion New Orleans Jazz, who took him as their first-ever draftpick in the second round of the 1974 draft. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.1rebounds and had 370 assists in 356 NBA. Nicknamed “A.J. From the Parking Lot”for his long-range jump shots, he also played five seasons in Italy and threein the Philippines. As a collegian, the 6-foot-8 James excelled for legendaryGrambling coach Fred Hobdy. James was the SWAC Freshman of the Year in 1970-71,a three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference pick and the league’s MVP asa senior in 973-74. He was a second-team small college All-American as asophomore and junior and a first-teamer as a senior when he led the nation inscoring with a 32.1 average. For his college career, he averaged 22.2 pointsand 10.9 rebounds in 106 games, helping Grambling claim two SWAC titles and oneNAIA District Championship. He has also coached at Jarvis Christian College andwas an assistant women’s coach and head men’s coach at his alma mater. While hewas a women’s assistant, Grambling won two regular-season SWAC titles and onetournament title. Currently an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Grambling,James is already a member of the Grambling, SWAC and Louisiana Association ofBasketball Coaches halls of fame. Born 10-5-1952 in New Orleans.
DULYMUS“DEUCE” MCALLISTER -- Unquestionably one of the mostpopular players in New Orleans Saints history, McAllister managed to become thefranchise’s all-time leading rusher despite an injury-plagued career thatincluded numerous surgeries to his knees. McAllister played in just 97 games,but he rushed for 6,096 yards -- smashing the old mark of 4,267 yards by GeorgeRogers -- and is also their all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (49) andtotal TDs (55). He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the four seasonsthe powerful 6-foot-1, 232-pounder played in more than 10 games. The former OleMiss standout, a first-round pick in the 2001 draft (23rd overall), became astarter in 2002 after Ricky Williams was traded to Miami and establishedhimself as one of the NFL’s top workhorse backs as he rushed for 1,388 yardsand 13 TDs that year and 1,641 yards and eight TDs in 2003 -- giving himtwo-year totals of 3,029 yards and 21 scores. A capable receiver as well, hecaught 47 passes for 352 yards and three TDs in 2002 and had 69 receptions for868 yards in ’03. That gave him a total of 3,897 yards from scrimmage 24 TDs inthose two years, which resulted in two Pro Bowl invites. Unfortunately, hispromising career was cut short by knee injuries although he rushed for 1,074yards and nine TDs in 2004 and 1,057 yards and 10 TDs in 2006 when he helpedthe Saints, who won the NFC South title under rookie coach Sean Payton, reachthe NFC Championship game for the first time. He was also community-minded ashe raised money for and devoted much of his time away from the field to hisCatch 22 Foundation to help underprivileged children in the Gulf South region.He set six records at Ole Miss, including marks for rushing yards (3,331) andTDs (40). Born 12-27-1978 in Lena, Miss.
PETE RICHARDSON --Richardson defined Southern University football from his arrival in 1993 to2009, establishing himself on par with the school’s other coaching legend --College Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member A.W.Mumford. Richardson. He won five Southwestern Athletic Conference titles,including a three-peat from 1997-99 (the school’s first consecutive SWAC titlessince 1959-60), four black college national titles (1993, 1995, 1997 and 2003)and four Heritage Bowl titles. Richardson is 12-5 in the Bayou Classic and isthe only SWAC coach never to have lost to Eddie Robinson. His winningpercentage of 68.4 percent in 17 seasons (134-62) at the school is secondbehind only Mumford’s 70.4 percent (176-60-14). Prior to his arrival, Southernhad last won the SWAC in 1975 and 1966. The program had four different headcoaches in the 1970s and four between 1981 and 1992. His impact was immediate,however, as he took over a program that had three straight losing seasons andguided it to an 11-1 record, winning the SWAC and black college nationaltitles. At SU, Richardson had four 11-win seasons -- including a 12-1 run in2003. His career record, including five seasons at Division II Winston-SalemState, was 176-76-1. A seventh-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1968,he played defensive back from 1969-71. He had eight interceptions and five fumblerecoveries in 39 career games. Born 10-7-45 in Ohio.
TERRYROBISKIE -- A prolific athlete at SecondWard High School in Edgard, Robiskie was a standout quarterback before playingrunning back at LSU from 1973-76. Robiskie capped his prep career in 1972 byrushing for 1,471 yards with a 10.2 average and 22 touchdowns and throwing for958 yards and 11 TDs. As a junior, he rushed for 1,995 yards and passed for1,323 yards. He averaged 12 yards per rushing attempt in three years, with morethan 6,470 yards in total offense -- running for 62 TDs and throwing for 28more. He was the 1972 Class A Outstanding Offensive Player and also earned theVFW Prep Athlete of the Year honor in 1973. He was a member of the ScholasticMagazine and Parade Magazine All-American teams in 1972 and was chosen to theAll Southern Prep football team by the Orlando Sentinel. Robiskie was featuredin Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after scoring on quarterback sneaksof 97, 84 and 80 yards in one game. He led Second Ward to 33 straight wins andtwo straight state championships while his team averaged 41 points a game. AtLSU, he became the first running back in school history to rush for 1,000 yardsin a season when he finished with 1,117 yards in 1976. That year, he was theSoutheastern Conference MVP, a first-team All-SEC pick and a first-teamAcademic All-SEC pick. He finished his career as the school’s all-time rushingleader with 2,517 yards, a total that ranked fifth going into the 2006 season.An eighth-round draft pick in 1977, he played five seasons with the OaklandRaiders and Miami Dolphins. He has been an NFL assistant coach since 1982 withthe L.A. Raiders, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns and currently theAtlanta Falcons (many of those years as offensive coordinator) and served asinterim coach with the Redskins in 2000 and Browns in 2004. Born 11-12-54 inNew Orleans.
2012 DAVEDIXON LOUISIANA SPORTS LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER
Dr.L.J. Mayeaux/Ducks Unlimited leader- Marksville physician rose through the ranks ofDucks Unlimited membership to become
national president and board chairman and aninnovator in environmental education and promotion. Mayeaux founded an“Adopt-A-Classroom” program for kids grades 3-5 at parish/county, state,national and international levels in 1994, and received DU’s highest award(“Wings of Innovation”) 11 years later for the “Cygnet” curriculum he wroteincluding 32 weeks of teaching guides highlighting conservation in theenvironment, wetlands and for waterfowl. Runner up for the 1999 BudweiserOutdoorsman of the Year award, Mayeaux took the helm of Ducks Unlimited, Inc.,as national president in 2000. After that two-year term, he took over as DUchairman of the board for a two-year term and for only the second time in theorganization’s history, his term was extended by a year. He and two other DUofficers met with President George Bush in 2004 to discuss conservation andwetlands.
Known throughout the organization as “Dr.Duck,” Mayeaux has served in a myriad of capacities for local, state, nationaland even Canadian DU organizations. As the state chairman from 1993-94, heincreased membership by 30%, income by 25% to over $2 million, and wasrecognized for being No. 1 among the national state DU organizations inincreasing “Greenwings” (kids) membership (by 2,650) and sponsors (plus535). He was instrumental in development of the “MARSH” program which hasgreatly benefitted hunters and fishermen. He played a vital role in obtainingmatching funds from the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe for wetlands restoration throughoutNorth America.
He was the 1994 recipient of thenational Conservation Award (Soil, Waters, Minerals, Forests, Wildlife)presented by the Woodmen
of the World Life Insurance Society. Mayeauxhas been a key contributor to LSWA conventions, and in 2010, held a DU event inAvoyelles Parish that reportedly generated more than $450,000 in one evening.
2012DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD IN SPORTS JOURNALISM WINNERS
Bill Bumgarner - A native of Freeport, Texas, Bumgarner movedto New Orleans in 1955 and has lived there since while making a huge impact onboth city and statewide sports while on the staffs at the New OrleansStates-Item and the Times-Picayune. A 1967 graduate of New Orleans Academy anda 1971 graduate of then-USL after writing for USL’s Vermilion newspaper,Bumgarner joined the staff of the States-Item in 1972 and remained when thatpaper merged with the Times-Picayune. He worked several beats while there, buthis biggest impact came as one of the state’s most respected high schoolwriters from 1980-2009 when he retired. Often sought for advice on prep sportsby both writers and coaches during his career, he was recognized as the state’sauthority on recruiting for three decades and has covered every state footballchampionship game in the top class since 1975 and every Superdome Classic alongwith every Top 28 Tournament since 1975 and every state baseball tournamentwhen a Crescent City team was involved. He remains active in prep sportscoverage as a columnist for NewOrleans.com. He also served as LSWA presidentfor two years, during which time the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame madesignificant strides. Bill remains a staunch supporter of the Hall.
Butch Muir - Currentlythe longest-serving sports editor at one of the state’s major newspapers, Muirhas spent an entire 49-year newspaper career in Louisiana. He is retiring after32+ years as executive sports editor at the Baton Rouge Advocate. He tookcharge in April of 1979 after joining the Advocate staff in 1974, and theAdvocate has been a consistent winner of section awards from the LSWA duringthat time. Prior to that, he was a 10-year member of the sports staff at theMonroe Morning World, joining that staff in 1964 just before graduating fromWest Monroe High. He was sports editor at the Morning World for three yearsfrom 1969-72 and was with the Monroe News-Star for a short time before joiningthe Advocate staff. Muir is a 1971 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University(now UL Monroe) and was the 2006 winner of the LSWA’s Mac Russo Award.
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