SEC Football Legends

SEC Football Legends is an annual award program of the Southeastern Conference designed to honor outstanding former college football players from each of the conference's fourteen member institutions. Begun in 1994, the Legends Dinner featuring video highlights of each honoree's career is one of various events of the week leading up to the SEC Championship Game.[1] The honorees are also recognized at halftime of the game.

SEC Legends honorees

Eastern Division

Year Florida Georgia Kentucky Missouri South Carolina Tennessee Vanderbilt
1994 Neal Anderson Charley Trippi Babe Parilli - George Rogers Bob Johnson Bill Wade
1995 Jack Youngblood Fran Tarkenton Derrick Ramsey - Alex Hawkins Doug Atkins Bob Asher
1996 Nat Moore Bill Stanfill Wallace Jones - Sterling Sharpe Condredge Holloway John Hall
1997 Carlos Alvarez Terry Hoage Jerry Claiborne - Todd Ellis John Michels Bucky Curtis
1998 Glenn Cameron John Rauch Bob Gain - Bobby Bryant Richmond Flowers Charley Horton
1999 Kerwin Bell Herschel Walker Steve Meilinger - Rick Sanford Steve Kiner Bob Werckle
2000 John Reaves Kevin Butler Lou Michaels - Harold Green Steve DeLong Herb Rich
2001 Huey Richardson Tommy Lyons Sam Ball - Robert Brooks Stanley Morgan Will Wolford
2002 Brad Culpepper George Patton Art Still - Jeff Grantz Johnny Majors Jim Arnold
2003 Larry Smith Scott Woerner Dermontti Dawson - Dickie Harris Reggie White Whit Taylor
2004 Lomas Brown Mike Wilson George Blanda - Dan Reeves Frank Emanuel Boo Mitchell
2005[2] Trace Armstrong Zeke Bratkowski Warren Bryant - Warren Muir Larry Seivers Chris Gaines
2006[3] Louis Oliver Garrison Hearst Jeff Van Note - Willie Scott Chip Kell Eric Jones
2007[4] Ralph Ortega Rex Robinson Larry Seiple - Duce Staley Willie Gault Chuck Scott
2008[5] Errict Rhett Eric Zeier Irv Goode - Brad Edwards Doug Dickey Shelton Quarles
2009[6] Reidel Anthony Matt Stinchcomb Jim Kovach - Tommy Suggs Heath Shuler Jamie Duncan
2010[7] Kevin Carter Ben Zambiasi Tim Couch - Andrew Provence Al Wilson Corey Chavous
2011[8] Ike Hilliard Boss Bailey Rodger Bird - Brandon Bennett Bobby Majors Corey Harris
2012[9] Steve Tannen David Greene Sonny Collins Johnny Roland Ko Simpson Peerless Price Hunter Hillenmeyer
2013[10] Wes Chandler Tim Worley Wilbur Hackett Phil Bradley Max Runager Inky Johnson Jimmy R. Williams
2014[11] Lito Sheppard John Little Derek Abney Kellen Winslow Sheldon Brown Todd Kelly Jonathan Goff
2015[12] Fred Taylor Richard Seymour Dave Roller Roger Wehrli André Goodman Chuck Smith Earl Bennett
2016[13] Steve Spurrier Jon Stinchcomb James Whalen Justin Smith Travelle Wharton Deon Grant Chris Williams
2017[14] Danny Wuerffel Champ Bailey Nate Northington Brad Smith John Abraham Chad Clifton Don Orr

Western Division

Year Alabama Arkansas Auburn LSU Ole Miss Mississippi St. Texas A&M
1994 Lee Roy Jordan Lance Alworth Tracy Rocker Jim Taylor Charlie Conerly Johnny Baker -
1995 Harry Gilmer Joe Ferguson Tucker Frederickson Dalton Hilliard Barney Poole Jimmy Webb -
1996 Billy Neighbors Chuck Dicus Joe Cribbs Billy Cannon Johnny Vaught Hunter Corhern -
1997 John Hannah Jim Benton Zeke Smith Charles Alexander John "Kayo" Dottley Steve Freeman -
1998 Holt Rast Clyde Scott Pat Sullivan Bert Jones Archie Manning Johnie Cooks -
1999 Johnny Musso Bill Montgomery Jackie Burkett Jerry Stovall Charlie Flowers D. D. Lewis -
2000 Dwight Stephenson Ronnie Caveness Stacy Danley Roy Winston Robert Khayat Kent Hull -
2001 Joe Namath Steve Atwater Mike Kolen Tommy Hodson Ray Poole Rockey Felker -
2002 Vaughn Mancha Loyd Phillips Terry Beasley Mike Anderson Ben Williams Harper Davis -
2003 Jeremiah Castille Wayne Harris Steve Wallace Wendell Davis Billy Ray Adams Tyrone Keys -
2004 Bob Baumhower Fred Marshall Jimmy "Red" Phillips Paul Dietzel Allen Brown Art Davis -
2005[2] Cornelius Bennett Quinn Grovey Ed Dyas Eric Martin Andre Townsend Joe Fortunato -
2006[3] Steve Sloan Cliff Powell Bo Jackson Y. A. Tittle Jake Gibbs Wayne Harris -
2007[4] Ken Stabler Ken Hatfield Ken Rice Tommy Casanova Wesley Walls Billy Jackson -
2008[5] Bart Starr Billy Ray Smith, Jr. Al Del Greco Lance Smith Bobby Ray Franklin Tom Goode -
2009[6] Antonio Langham Gary Anderson Quentin Riggins Michael Brooks Jimmy Lear Billy Stacy -
2010[7] Cornelius Griffin Frank Broyles Gregg Carr Fred Miller Everett Lindsay Eric Moulds -
2011[8] Dennis Homan Leotis Harris J. D. "Buddy" McClinton George Bevan Deuce McAllister Tom Neville -
2012[9] Paul Crane Pat Summerall James C. Owens Kevin Mawae Glynn Griffing Walt Harris John David Crow
2013[10] Marty Lyons Wayne Martin Frank Sanders Kevin Faulk Jeff Herrod Glen Collins Dat Nguyen
2014[11] Bobby Humphrey Jerry Lamb Carnell "Cadillac" Williams Doug Moreau Stan Hindman Fred Smoot Jacob Green
2015[12] Woodrow Lowe Madre Hill Takeo Spikes Alan Faneca Ken Lucas Mario Haggan Bubba Bean
2016[13] Chris Samuels Shawn Andrews Jason Campbell Robert Dugas Kris Mangum Randy Thomas Ray Mickens
2017[14] Gene Stallings Dan Hampton Carlos Rogers Glenn Dorsey Terrence Metcalf Floyd Womack Dave Elmendorf

References

  1. ^ "Legends Dinner". Southeastern Conference. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  2. ^ a b "2005 Alltel SEC Football Legends". Southeastern Conference. 2005-12-01. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  3. ^ a b "Cingular 2006 SEC Football Legends". Southeastern Conference. 2006-11-25. Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  4. ^ a b "Gault Named UT's SEC Football Legend". utsports.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "SEC Legend Recognized at the Ole Miss Game". floridagators.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Quentin Riggins named to 2009 SEC Legends class". al.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Former Gator Kevin Carter named 2010 SEC Football Legend". floridagators.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Ike Hilliard Named 2011 SEC Football Legend". floridagators.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  9. ^ a b "SEC Announces 2012 Football Legends Class". secdigitalnetwork.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b Casagrande, Michael (September 19, 2013). "Marty Lyons named to 2013 SEC Legends Class to represent Alabama Crimson Tide". al.com. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "SEC announces 2014 Football Legends class". fanbuzz.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  12. ^ a b "Faneca to Represent LSU as SEC Legend". lsusports.net. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b "SEC announces 2016 football legends class". secsports.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  14. ^ a b "SEC announces 2017 Football Legends class". secsports.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
Andrew Provence

Andrew Clark Provence (born March 8, 1961) is a former American football defensive tackle who played five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina. Provence was also a member of the Denver Broncos.

Art Davis (American football)

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Bill Montgomery (quarterback)

William Acker Montgomery (born January 2, 1949) is a former American football player for The University of Arkansas and a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, The University of Arkansas All-Century Team, The University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, and the SEC Football Legends.

Bobby Majors

Robert Owen Majors (born July 7, 1949) is a former American football defensive back who played one season with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1972 NFL Draft. Majors played college football at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a consensus All-American in 1971. He was also a member of the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League (WFL). He is the younger brother of former Tennessee head coach Johnny Majors.

Clinton, Tennessee

Clinton is a city in Anderson County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 9,841 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Anderson County. Clinton is included in the Knoxville metropolitan area.

Condredge Holloway

Condredge Holloway Jr. (born January 25, 1954) is a former quarterback for the University of Tennessee and later in the Canadian Football League. Holloway was one of the first African-American quarterbacks to receive national exposure. His nickname at Tennessee was "the artful dodger."

Dave Roller

David Euell Roller (born October 28, 1949) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). Prior to his professional career, Roller played college football for the University of Kentucky, where he received multiple commendations for his athletic accomplishments, including induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Roller was drafted by the New York Giants in the 13th round of the 1971 NFL Draft as the 330th overall pick. He played for the Giants for one season, before a brief stint playing in the World Football League. He returned to the NFL in 1975 with the Green Bay Packers, where he would go on to play for four seasons. He left Green Bay in 1979 to play for the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons before retiring from professional football. Altogether, Roller played in the NFL for seven seasons and appeared in 92 games.

Frank Sanders (American football)

Frank Vondel Sanders (born February 17, 1973), is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Auburn. He was drafted in the second round (47th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Sanders played in nine NFL seasons. His best season, statistically, in his career came during the 1998 season when he led the National Football Conference (NFC) in receptions with 89 for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns.

Fred Marshall

Fred Marshall may refer to:

Fred Marshall (American politician) (1906–1985), U.S. politician

Fred Marshall (British politician) (1883–1962), British politician

Fred Marshall (American football), winner of the 2004 SEC Football Legends award

Frederick Marshall (British Army officer) (1829–1900), British general

Jack Youngblood

Herbert Jackson Youngblood III (born January 26, 1950) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a five-time consensus All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Before playing professionally, Youngblood played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. He is considered among the best players Florida ever produced—a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and one of only six Florida Gators to be named to the Gator Football Ring of Honor.

After retiring as a player in 1985, Youngblood worked in the Rams' front office until 1991. He also worked in the front office of the Sacramento Surge of the World League (WLAF) from 1992 to 1993, and the administration of the Canadian Football League's Sacramento Gold Miners from 1993 to 1994. He was a vice-president, then president, of the Orlando Predators from 1995 until 1999. From 1999 through 2002, he served as the NFL's liaison for the Arena Football League.Youngblood has made forays into broadcasting (both radio and television), acting, and business, and has written an autobiography. He was a popular spokesperson for various products, and he has been consistently involved in charity work, starting in college, continuing throughout his NFL career, and remaining so today. Currently, Youngblood serves on the NFLPA Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.In 2014, Youngblood opened the Jack Youngblood Center for NeuroEnhancement in Orlando, Florida, which purports to treat the symptoms of traumatic brain injury and offer care to patients in effort to restore normal brain function. Youngblood has stated, "The bonus with this therapy is that the time invested is minimal, while the results are extraordinary."

Madre Hill

Madre Hill (born January 2, 1976) is a former American football running back, playing last for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Considered one of the greatest running backs to come out of the University of Arkansas, Hill was named 1st Team All-SEC in 1995 and was named to the Razorbacks' All-time team for the 1990s. He formerly held the all-time season rushing record for Arkansas high schools and for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mario Haggan

Mario Marcell Haggan (born March 3, 1980) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos, and St. Louis Rams. He was drafted by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft after playing college football at Mississippi State.

Quentin Riggins

Quentin Riggins (born April 14, 1966) is a former American football linebacker who played one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Auburn University and attended Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama. He was also a member of the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football (WLAF).

Quinn Grovey

Quinn Grovey is a former American football quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 1987 to 1990.

Randy Thomas (American football)

Randy Thomas (born January 19, 1976 in East Point, Georgia) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.

Thomas was also a member of the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

Southeastern Conference

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of eleven states, two additional public land grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

The SEC is regarded as one of the most accomplished sports conferences in terms of its winning reputation, with 43 national football championships, 21 basketball championships, 41 indoor track championships, 42 outdoor track championships, 24 swimming championships, and 20 gymnastics championships. The conference is also highly successful financially, as it consistently leads most others in revenue distribution to its members, including an SEC record $455.8 million for the 2014–15 fiscal year, which was a sizable increase over the $292.8 million for the 2013–14 fiscal year, largely due to the revenue from the introduction of the SEC Network.

The SEC was also the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for college football and was one of the founding members of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The current SEC commissioner is Greg Sankey. The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.

Steve Freeman (football)

Steven Jay Freeman (born May 8, 1953) is a former American football defensive back, and currently serves as an American football game official for the National Football League (NFL).

Freeman played college football at Mississippi State University, becoming the Bulldogs' leader in interceptions during the 1973 and 1974 seasons. He was later named as one of the Southeastern Conference Football Legends.He was selected by the NFL's New England Patriots during the 1975 NFL Draft. However, he was released by the Patriots before the start of the regular season, and eventually signed with the Buffalo Bills. Freeman spent 12 season with Buffalo, compiling 23 career interceptions and three touchdowns. In 1980 alone, he intercepted seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. He spent his last NFL season, 1987, with the Minnesota Vikings after being traded by the Bills.After retiring as a player, Freeman became an American football official, working in college football's Southeastern Conference and NFL Europe before joining the NFL in 2001 as a back judge. As an official, he wears uniform number 133 and is on the officiating crew headed by referee Alex Kemp.

One of Freeman's teammates in Buffalo was linebacker Jim Haslett, who later became head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Although the two men were teammates for several seasons, Freeman was not prohibited from working Saints' games during Haslett's six-year tenure as the Saints coach from 2000 to 2005. While in the SEC, Freeman was prohibited from working Mississippi State games, as league rules do not allow officials to work games involving their alma mater.

Freeman resides in Mississippi, is married and has three children. Freeman's son, Brad, was a four-year letterman on the Mississippi State baseball team and helped the Bulldogs reach the College World Series in 1997 and 1998, and in 2014, he was hired to join the NFL as a field judge after serving as a field judge in the SEC. Brad Freeman, who wears uniform No. 88, was the field judge for the 2015 playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, where the kickoff temperature of 6 degrees below zero made it the third coldest game in NFL history.

Steve Kiner

Steven Albert Kiner (born June 12, 1947) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Houston Oilers. He played college football the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Todd Kelly (American football)

Todd Eric Kelly (born November 27, 1970 in Hampton, Virginia) is a former American football linebacker/defensive end who played for four seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Tennessee, where he was a captain of the 1992 team, and received All-SEC honors.

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