Friday, March 3, 2017 will be a great day for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and nine wonderful people who have impacted sports in the state of Arkansas. The Annual Induction Banquet will be at State House Convention Center in the Wally Allen Ballroom that evening. The following are those who will be inducted:
CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON – Football Administration – Charlotte is the Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. Working there since 1989, she oversees all strategies and applications surrounding the team’s brand as it is presented to fans worldwide. Her vision and direction guides the Cowboys in brand marketing, fan engagement, stadium design, entertainment, license apparel, cause marketing, and community relations. In 2012 Charlotte was named Chairman of the NFL Foundation and is responsible for spearheading the NFL efforts in youth football participation, health and safety, and community outreach. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity. In 2014 she was appointed to the first NFL Conduct Committee, which endorses the new personal conduct policy for all NFL players and employees. Charlotte also served as the Chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board from 2010-2014 where she introduced the National Red Kettle Campaign at halftime of the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. This campaign has raised over two billion dollars since inception.
TIM LANGFORD – Football – Arkansas State University – 1980-1983: Dr. Langford was an All-Southland Conference quarterback at ASU. As a senior he was the first ever recipient of the Terry Gwin Award, presented annually to the top student-athlete in any sport at ASU. As a second team All-Southland Conference pick in 1983 Langford led ASU in total offense for three seasons and concluded his playing career with 3,745 yards with 1,429 being rushing yards and 2,316 passing yards. Playing under head coach Larry Lacewell, Tim is still ranked as one of the top 10 players in school history passing percentage. He was named to the ASU All-Centennial Team in 2014. Tim Langford was inducted into the A-State Ring of Honor in 2007 (one of only 14 football players and coaches) and in 2008 was inducted into the Arkansas State Hall of Honor.
DARREN McFADDEN – Football – University of Arkansas – 2005-2007:The present running back for the Dallas Cowboys was a three sport athlete at Oak Grove High School in North Little Rock. His senior year he was chosen as a Parade All-American as well as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Arkansas High School Player of the Year. Playing for Houston Nutt at the U of A, Darren won SEC Freshman of the Year honors as well as Freshman All-American honors. ESPN named him the Newcomer of the Year. He was twice runner-up for the Heisman Trophy (2006 & 2007). His senior year he was a consensus first-team All-American for the 2nd consecutive time. He won the Walter Camp Award and was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Darren was the fourth player taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, going to the Oakland Raiders. After an injury-plagued time with the Raiders, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, where in 2015 he led the team in rushing with 1,089 yds., and 328 receiving yards. For his career McFadden has a total of 5,336 yards rushing and 2,097 yards receiving.
SEAN ROCHELLE – Football – University of Arkansas at Monticello – 1985-1988: In an era when most small college football conferences played only 10 regular season games,Dr. Rochelle became a two-time NAIA Academic All-American and All-AIC quarterback for the University of Monticello (UAM). Sean was named the co-offensive player of the year of the AIC in 1988 and was named Offensive MVP of the first playoff game in UAM history, while also setting the UAM single-season scoring record of 98 points. He accounted for 4,615 total yards and 1,647 rushing yards (another UAM record) during his tenure. He was inducted in to the UAM Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, recognized with the UAM Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit in 2010 and had his jersey retired in 2015. Rochelle served on a number of coaching staffs (UAM, Arkansas, Clemson, Houston and Azusa Pacific) where programs he was a part of participated in numerous playoff appearances and bowl games. Rochelle was the Executive Director of the Razorback Foundation where both the funding for and membership of the Foundation grew to record numbers.
CHARLIE DEARMAN – Football – University of Arkansas at Monticello – 1953-1957: Charlie was a two-way guard for the UAM football team in the 1950’s. He was a two-time All-AIC selection and was the first athlete in any sport in UAM history to be named to a recognized All-America Team – Dearman was named to both the NAIA and the Associated Press Little All-America Teams following his senior season in 1957. During his four seasons with the Boll Weevils, his team initially posted a record of 4-4, then began a big turn-around, posting seasons of 7-2, 7-1-1, and 9-2. With Dearman’s help, they also won the first three out of four straight AIC championships from 1955-1958.
WALLY HALL – Administrator/Journalist: Wally has been the Sports Editor and Columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1979. He has also worked for United Press International in New York. He has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportswriters Hall of Fame and Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame (inaugural class). He has won more than 200 writing awards as a columnist for the statewide newspaper. His column, “Like It Is,” provides reporting as well as commentary on current sports events. He also co-hosts two radio shows on 103.7 The Buzz. He is a past President of the Football Writers Association of America and serves on its Board and was an officer for the U.S. Basketball Writers. He has served on the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Board, Executive Committee, and is a past President. He is an Air Force veteran.
JIM RASCO – Athlete/Sports Historian – Hendrix College – 1959-1963: Rasco was an all-around athlete at DeWitt High School. He quarterbacked the football team; set the single-season scoring record in basketball; pitched two no-hitters in baseball; won medals in the first two Arkansas “Meet of Champions” track meets; won the individual 880 at the University of Arkansas Relays; and set the school record in the 880, which stood for 29 years. He chose to attend Hendrix College on a basketball scholarship. As a freshman in 1960, he set the meet record for the 880 while picking up the gold medal in the Harding Invitational track meet; and won five medals in a series of AAU Olympic Development track meets held as preliminaries to the 1960 Olympic Trials. He was inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor in 2006. After college, he took up tennis and won over 50 tournaments. As a “sports historian”, Jim started the tradition of introducing each of the prior inductees at the annual banquet of the ASHOF. He has handled this duty for the past 27 years. He is a member of several sports research organizations and has had numerous research articles published. In 2005, Jim received an award for his “extraordinary work” in sports research from A.H. “Bud” Selig, the Commissioner of Baseball. Currently, during football season, Jim researches and introduces each of the guest speakers at the weekly meetings of the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
LARRY JACKSON – Football – University of Arkansas – 1976-1978: Larry played football at Hot Springs High School, then lettered for the Razorbacks from 1976-1978. He was named All-Southwest Conference in both 1977 and 1978. He was also named to the U of A’s All Decade Team for the 1970’s, and ABC TV named Larry as their National Defensive Player of the Year. His 309 career tackles rank him 12th on the Razorback’s all-time list. During his playing time, Arkansas went 25-8-2, with a memorable win over Oklahoma (31-6) in the 1978 Orange Bowl. During his junior year, the Razorbacks were 11-1. During his senior year, he captained his team to a 9-2-1 record and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.
DAVE WILLIAMS – Coaching – Pocahontas High School – 1981-2013: A native of Van Buren, Dave was an All-State football player and AAU boxing champion. Served as head football coach and athletic director at Pocahontas High School 1981-2013. He guided Pocahontas to 16 state play-off appearances including 9 conference championships. Selected conference coach of the year 10 times and coached in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star games four times. In August of 2014 he was inducted into the Van Buren Hall of Fame and in 2015 was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE RECEPTION
The “Night of the Stars VIP Reception” will be Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum located at #3 Verizon Arena Way (West Side), North Little Rock, Arkansas, 72114. Heavy Hors d’oevres & Cocktails wll be served. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dress is Business Casual.
Admission is $40.00 per person.
2017 ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET
The annual Induction Banquet will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom located at 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Doors open at 5:00 P.M. and the banquet program begins at 6:30 P.M. Dress is Business Attire.
Admission is $125.00 per person. Tables for 10 are $1,100.00.
If you have questions, please call us at (501) 313-4158.