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Former "Farmer" heads to hall of fame

(Macon-AP) -- Kevin Butler, Josh Gibson, Gayle Barron, Wallace D- Childs, Dewitt Weaver and Anne Paradise Hansford were inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

Butler was star kicker at Georgia and went on to win a Super Bowl title with the Chicago Bears. Gibson was one of the best players in Negro League history, but the color barrier prevented him from playing in the majors. Barron was one of the world's best distance runners and won the 1978 Boston Marathon.

Childs was a famed coach, Weaver made his mark in golf and Hansford was inducted for her prowess in the early days of women's basketball.

Butler was the prominent member of the induction class. His fame began in high school, when he led Redan to the 1979 state championship by kicking the game-winning field goal. Butler was also the starting quarterback, sustaining a serious knee injury in his final prep game. That did not stop him from making his mark as a kicker with Georgia and the Chicago Bears.

Gibson already is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted at Cooperstown in 1972 -- a quarter-century after his death.

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