April 28, 2003
The Albany Sports Hall of fame will induct five new members tonight in a ceremony at the Albany Civic Center. This year's class includes former Green Bay Packer great Gary Ellerson, Eric Mance, Roy Shultz, Bobby Stanford and the late Roy Crenshaw.
The special day for the inductees began this morning with Albany Mayor Tommy Coleman declaring April 28, 2003 Albany Sports Hall of Fame day in a proclamation. The five inductees were nominated by a selection committee for their outstanding acheivements on and off of the playing fields. Former University of Georgia and current University of Jacksonville coach Hugh Durham will be the guest speaker at tonight's induction ceremony.
A look at this years class:
Gary Ellerson: attended Monroe High School from 1977-81. Ellerson was an all-state football player for the Tornadoes as a wide receiver and received a scholarship to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison after graduation. Ellerson then became the first Monroe High graduate to be drafted in the NFL when the Green Bay Packers selected him in the seventh round of the 1985 draft. Ellerson also spent time with the Detroit Lions from 1987-1988. He currently lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and is the Vice President for Community Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the area.
Roy E. Shultz :attended Albany High School from 1937-1940. Shultz played football, basketball and competed in track and field. He also took part in several other extra curricular activities such as the English Club and the Albany "Junior" Police Department. Schultz earned All-District honors in both football and basketball while at Albany High and played on the 1939 state championship football team. After graduation Roy attended the University of Southern California on a full athletic scholarship. At USC he played football, basketball and baseball. Schultz also served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
Eric Mance:attended Monroe and Albany High Schools. Is known for being one of the first black students to integrate at Albany High. Mance was an exceptional athlete, dominating on both the football field as a quarterback and the basketball court. His senior year at Albany he averaged 21 points per game, good enough to earn a scholarship to Valdosta State University after graduation. Mance currently is the head boy's basketball coach at Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia but has also had stops at Irwin County, Americus, Gordon, and Briarcliff.
Bobby Stanford:attended Albany High School from 1964-1968. Stanford was an all region player on the Indians football team in 1967 and earned second team honors in basketball in 1968. He is the only Albany High graduate to play for the late great Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. Stanford started at linebacker for the Crimson Tide his sophomore year before getting moved to the offensive line after an injury. Stanford currently serves on the Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Roy W. Crenshaw:Moved to Albany-Dougherty County in 1960 to become an elementary physical education instructor. Shortly thereafter, Crenshaw became the county's Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education. Crenshaw was instrumental in bringing the GHSA Girls state track meet to Albany and Hugh Mills Stadium in 1985. Prior to coming to Albany Crenshaw also coached football at Terrell and Miller County High Schools. After 41 years of service he retired in 1986. He was also very active outside of athletics serving as a Boy Scout leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Roy Crenshaw passed away in 1990.
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