Four From Northwest Florida Join Sheffield, Hubert, Pihos in 2018 FSHOF Class
First-ever Pensacola Enshrinement set for Nov. 7 at National Naval Aviation Museum
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PENSACOLA – Four of the greatest athletes ever to call northwest Florida home will join a true baseball superstar, the longtime voice of the Florida Gators and a long-ago football legend to make up the 2018 Class of inductees to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The class was announced today at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the presenting partner for the for 2018 Enshrinement.
Elected to the Hall were five-time Olympic Medalist sprinter Justin Gatlin, the 30-year broadcasting voice of the Florida Gators Mick Hubert, Roy Jones, Jr., considered one of the greatest boxers of all-time, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Champion golfer Jerry Pate, a nine-time major league all-star and former Player of the Year Gary Sheffield and Michelle Snow, former Miss Basketball and state champion in Florida whom many consider the top women’s player from the state. Also, a college and pro football hall of famer from the 1940s, Pete Pihos of Orlando, will be inducted posthumously.
These seven individuals will be enshrined into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame on November 7 in the first-ever induction ceremony to be held in Pensacola, making the occasion truly historic. The Florida Sports Hall of Fame is a 57-year-old organization with 253 members who have been inducted representing dozens of different sports and disciplines. This year’s Enshrinement will be held at the National Naval Aviation Museum, located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the home of the world-famous Blue Angels.
“We are absolutely delighted with this 2018 Class of Inductees,” said FSHOF President Barry Smith, “and just as thrilled to be sharing our brand with the people of northwest Florida for the first time. We thank Dr. James Andrews and the Andrews Institute for making this amazing site a reality. This will absolutely be a grand celebration.”
Added to the fanfare of this year’s Enshrinement is the presentation of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” being presented to longtime Florida State University assistant football coach Mickey Andrews. Andrews served as defensive coordinator under the legendary Bobby Bowden for 26 seasons and contributed greatly to two national championship teams at FSU. During his stellar career, Andrews became a frequent visitor to northwest Florida and although he coached and played in nearby Alabama before coming to FSU, the affable coach is considered a favorite son across the Florida panhandle.
Here are the bios of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018:
Justin Gatlin (Track, Pensacola)
A multi-time state champion in multiple events, Justin Gatlin attended Woodham High School in Pensacola before signing with the University of Tennessee. In two seasons, he would win six different NCAA sprint titles in indoor and outdoor track before turning pro. Gatlin is a five-time Olympic Medalist, including winning Gold in the 100-meters at the 2004 Athens Games and Silver in the 2016 Rio Games. He has also 10 medals at the World Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships. He is the reigning 100 Meter World Champion after beating rival Usain Bolt at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Mick Hubert (Broadcasting, University of Florida)
Mick Hubert is set to call his 30th season of Florida Gator football and basketball in 2018. The former sports director of WHIO in Dayton, OH and former University of Dayton play-by-play announcer, Hubert became the voice of the Gators in 1989, succeeding Orlando Magic and Sun Sports play-by-play announcer David Steele. In his career, Hubert has called play by play for three national championship football games, two national championship basketball games and a 2017 NCAA Baseball Championship. His famous “Oh My!” call has become synonymous with a great play by the Gators on the field. Mick was selected the 2017 Florida Sportscaster of the Year.
Roy Jones, Jr. (Boxing, Pensacola)
Born in Pensacola, in his prime, Roy Jones Jr. was considered the greatest pound for pound boxer of his era. His legendary professional career spanned 29 years, where he recorded an overall record of 66-9-0. He is the only boxer in history to win six World Championship belts in four different weight classes. As of February 2018, Jones holds the record for the most wins in unified light heavyweight title bouts in boxing history, at 12. The Ring magazine named Jones the Fighter of the Year in 1994, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame named him the Fighter of the Year for 2003. He is also a three-time winner of the Best Boxer ESPY Award (1996, 2000, and 2003). Jones won his first 34 pro fights, going undefeated from 1989-96. He also won a Silver Medal in 1988 Olympics.
Jerry Pate (Golf, Pensacola)
An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jerry Pate is just one of 11 men in golf history to win both a US Amateur (1974) and US Open Championship (1976). Other tour victories included becoming the first golfer to win the Tournament Players Championship in its inaugural event in 1982. That monumental victory is best remembered for Pate throwing course-designer Pete Dye and PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman into the lake adjacent the 18th green and then jumping in himself. In addition to his eight regular tour championships, Pate has recorded two senior PGA Tour victories and five other professional worldwide team and individual victories. A stalwart in golf’s “Majors,” Pate has recorded 10 top 10 finishes in major championships in addition to his 1976 U.S. Open title.
Pete Pihos (Football, Orlando)
Born and raised in Orlando, Pihos played college football, principally as an end and fullback, for Indiana University from 1942 to 1943 and 1945 to 1946. He was selected as a first-team All-American in 1942, 1943, and 1945. His college playing career was interrupted by service in the United States Army during World War II. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966, the first Indiana player to be so honored. He later played with the Philadelphia Eagles where he helped the team win back-to-back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949. He was selected six times to play in the Pro Bowl and six times as a first-team All-Pro. During his career, he was one of the NFL’s leading receivers. He was named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team in 1969 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
Gary Sheffield (Baseball, Tampa)
Born in Tampa, Gary Sheffield attended Hillsborough High School where he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Selected in the first round of the 1986 Free Agent Draft (6th overall), Sheffield would go on to play 22 major league seasons with eight different teams. He is a member of the exclusive 500 home run club, finishing his career with 509 home runs, 2689 hits and 1676 RBI. He was selected to appear in nine All-Star games and was the 1992 National League Player of the Year with the San Diego Padres, where he hit .330 with 33 home runs and 100 RBI. Despite his high home run total, Sheffield only topped 80 strikeouts twice in 22 seasons. Sheffield is now a successful sports agent.
Michelle Snow (Basketball, Pensacola)
A former Florida Miss Basketball as the state’s best female high school player, Snow led Pensacola High School to the 1998 state championship. She played four years at Tennessee under legendary coach Pat Summitt, where she led the team in scoring as a junior and rebounding as a sophomore. Snow was selected in first round (#10 overall) of 2002 WNBA Draft and would play 13 seasons averaging 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds for her career. A two-time selection to WNBA All-Star game, many consider Michelle the top women’s player from the state of Florida.
About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
In its 57th year of honoring the state’s brightest sports figures, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame continues its mission to honor Florida’s vast sports heritage by taking the inspiring stories of its 253 current members to the people of the state. This outreach is the hallmark of the modern-day Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall recently opened a state-of-the-art museum and preview center for memorabilia provided by its members located directly in the center of the state. But today’s Hall of Fame is about more than brick and mortar. With its “Fame for Kids” initiative, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has embarked on a journey to take its message across the state of Florida to raise money and awareness for causes that affect our youth.
About Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
World–class athletes, weekend warriors, youth athletes and everyday people have access to state–of–the–art performance training and health care services conveniently located in Gulf Breeze, Florida at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Under the leadership and reputation of internationally renowned orthopaedic sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Andrews Institute provides a spectrum of services in order for patients to quickly and accurately address their orthopaedic needs.