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Thomasville native to be inducted into Georgia Sports H.O.F.

October 27, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2004 class of inductees today, and heading the list was Dominique Wilkins, one of the most celebrated basketball players in University of Georgia and Atlanta Hawks history.

The group of inductees also includes George Rogers, Claude Humphrey, Pat Swilling, Tim Simpson, John "Blue Moon" Odom, Pepper Rodgers, Wade Mitchell and James K- Harper, Junior. The 2004 induction ceremony is scheduled for April 3 at the Macon City Auditorium.

Wilkins played for the Hawks from 1983-to-1994 and was a nine-time All-Star. Rogers, from Duluth, won the 1980 Heisman Trophy for the University of South Carolina. Humphrey appeared in six Pro Bowls with the Atlanta Falcons.

Swilling, from Toccoa, was an All-American at Georgia Tech and a six-time Pro Bowl pick in the NFL.

 Simpson, from Atlanta, was a four-time winner on the P-G-A tour. Odom, from Macon, pitched on three World Series championship teams with Oakland.

Rodgers, also an Atlanta native, was 73-65-1 as a college coach, including five years at Georgia Tech.

Mitchell, also from Atlanta, was a quarterback at Tech in the mid-1950s.

Harper, from Thomasville, was a Southeastern Conference official from 1963-to-96. During that time, he officiated 44 bowl games including three to decide the national championship:  1984 Miami-Nebraska; 1987 Penn State-Miami; 1992 Washington-Michigan.  In 1981,he was on the field when Alabama defeated Auburn for Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's record-setting 315th win. 

Posted at 12:00am by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com


 

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