They joined an elite cadre of past professional sports members who include Walter Payton, Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Purvis Short.
The following are the 2019 inductees for the 32nd Sports Hall of Fame Banquet (“From Leaders to Legends”):
- Darion Conner, football: He played with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.
- Patrease Edwards, volleyball: She consistently led the Tigers in hitting percentages, kills, assists, service aces, blocks and digs.
- Richard A. Harvey, football: He was known as one of the nation’s top defensive athletes; he played with the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Jimmie L. Holifield Sr., football: He lettered for two years while playing defensive back at JSU; he was drafted by the New York Giants; he also played with Canada’s B.C. Lions.
- André A. Lloyd Sr., football: He was a prominent defensive linebacker for JSU; he played for the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and Hamilton Tiger Cats of Canada.
- Dr. Marie O’Banner-Jackson, a longtime supporter: She has served as faculty athletics representative to the Southwestern Athletics Conference and the NCAA.
- Jimmy Perry Jr., football: While at JSU, he was named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the year, won the NBC Golden Helmet Award and was selected for the 1981 All-SWAC team.
- Andy Stoglin, basketball coach: As an all-time winningest coach at JSU, he produced three NBA players and two NBA draft picks; he played only briefly with the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry because the Harlem Globetrotters would soon call. He spent three years with the world famous team. Thereafter, he began a 40-year coaching career.
- Mark Rosco Thorne, track and field: At JSU, he was named MVP during the 1990 SWAC Outdoor Championships in Houston; set a Barbados National Record in the 1,500 meters at the Texaco Games; won the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at the SWAC Outdoor championships in Houston in 1993; as JSU head track coach, he has produced an Olympian and two NCAA All-Americans.