||Mississippi Sports Hall Of Fame inducts 2014 class
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — It's hall of fame season.
Pro football will honor some of its all-time greats next weekend, while baseball is holding its ceremonies this weekend.
On Friday night, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 2014 class.
The group included women's basketball standout Ruthie Bolton, track star Calvin Smith, Ole Miss and NFL standout Doug Cunningham, former Mississippi State basketball coach Richard Williams, former Ole Miss and Saints running back Deuce McAllister, and the late Steve McNair, who played for Alcorn State and the NFL's Titans.
"If there was one word (for the induction), it would be special," McAllister said. "Just because as a kid, playing here, growing up here, and seeing all the stars before you, you say, one day, I wanna be like that person."
"It's such a thrill to go in with this class, because they're all so great," Williams said. "Football players, track athletes, world record holders, and just to be a part of that is certainly an honor."
Former Ole Miss and Saints quarterback Archie Manning was also honored with the Rube Award for his lifetime of contributions to sports in Mississippi.
Manning follows Boo Ferriss and Ben Puckett as recipients of The Rube, which is named for the late Michael Rubenstein, long-time TV sportscaster and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.