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COREY BECK - Basketball
COREY BECK (DOB: May 27, 1971) – Basketball – Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Beck played collegiately for the University of Arkansas and was a major part of the mid 90's Razorback teams that won one national championship in 1994 and reached the championship game the following year. He played 88 games (1995-99) in the NBA for the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons. He was also under contract with the Chicago Bulls (October 1996), Vancouver Grizzlies (January 1999) and Minnesota Timberwolves (October 2000), but did not play in any NBA regular season games for them. Following his NBA career, he played one season with Memphis with the ABA. He also played professionally in Italy for Fila Biella (Serie A2, 2001) and Euro Roseto (Serie A, 2001). Beck was a member of the 1994 Arkansas Razorback Basketball National Championship Team. He had a double-double – scoring 15 points and snagging 10 rebounds – in the 76-72 victory over Duke to secure the Championship. He was named to the 1994 NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a 1995 All-SEC selection. Beck was also named to the 2019 SEC Basketball Legend Team. On the Hogs record books, Beck is ranked #3 in season assists (207 in1995) and #3 in career assists (483 from 1993-95).
BARRY FOSTER - Football
BARRY FOSTER (DOB: Dec. 8th, 1968) – Football – Barry Foster attended Duncanville High School in Texas. He played collegiately at the University of Arkansas. As a fullback, he helped the Razorbacks win back-to-back SWC championships in 1988 and 1989 and two consecutive trips to the Cotton Bowl. Both teams would finish with a 10-2 record and were ranked in the final polls top 15. He rushed 375 times for 1,977 yards and 19 TD’s during his time with the Razorbacks, placing him 6th on the school’s all-time career rushing yards. He also returned 23 kickoffs in 1988, a single season record that stood until 2002. He ended his career with 1,008 kickoff return yards, which still ranks 6th all-time at the U of A. Foster decided to forgo his senior year and entered the 1990 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 19th pick of the 5th round (128th overall). Barry Foster’s NFL career was cut short due to injuries. For his career, he carried the football 915 times for 3,943 yards, a 4.3-yard per carry average, caught 93 passes for 804 receiving yards, scored 28 touchdowns, and went to 2 Pro-Bowls. His 1,690 rushing yards in 1992 is still the Steelers single season rushing record. Foster was known in the 90's as "The NFL's Other Barry.", a reference to himself and Barry Sanders. In 1992, Barry Foster got the Bill Cowher era going in Pittsburgh after two seasons on the bench. Foster got the starting nod and rushed for a Steelers single season record 1,690 yards and also broke Franco Harris's team record for 100-yard games in a season with 12, that also tied Eric Dickerson's NFL record for 100-yard games. He was voted to the Pro Bowl that year. Foster finished 1992 as the AFC top rusher and second to Emmitt Smith by 23 yards for the rushing title. In 1993, Foster's season started off strong, but injuries limited him to 711 yards in nine games with eight touchdowns. Despite the injuries, Foster still made the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row. The 1994 AFC Championship game would not only be Foster's last game in a Steeler uniform, but his last NFL game. In 1995 Pittsburgh traded Foster to the expansion Carolina Panthers but he was cut in training camp when he failed a physical, after which he retired. Later that season, Foster came out of retirement to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. But two days after signing a $1 million contract, Foster changed his mind and left the Bengals. Foster was inducted into the UA Hall of Honor in 2013 and selected to the UA All-Century Team in 1994.
TYSON GAY – Track & Field
TYSON GAY (DOB: Aug. 8th, 1982) – Track & Field – Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Tyson Gay attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. While at BCCC, his 100m and 200m times dropped to 10.08s and 20.21s respectively, albeit with wind assistance. He improved upon his legal personal bests also, recording a 100m run of 10.27s and 20.88s in the 200m. He also continued to outstrip the competition, winning the 100m at the NJCAA National Championship. Returning to the NJCAA event the following year, with the wind in his favor, Gay took bronze in the 100m with 10.01s and silver in the 200m with 20.31s. Injuries upset the rest of 2003 for Gay. In 2003 Gay transferred to the University of Arkansas. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship proved far more fruitful as Gay became Arkansas’ first 100m NCAA champion, setting a school record of 10.06s. Furthermore, his efforts in the event helped the Arkansas team to win the NCAA Championship. The results of Gay’s first 2004 US Olympic Trials confirmed his status as a rising contender in the 100m and 200m events. Although he did not reach the final of either event, he reached the semis of the 100m and posted a 200m personal best of 20.07s in the qualifying stages. In his final year at the U of A he started well, setting a personal best and school record of 6.55s in the 60m at the 2005 Championship Series. He also helped the U of A to another NCAA Championship while setting a new personal best of 19.93s in the 200m qualifiers and placing third in the finals. Training partner and friend Wallace Spearmon took first place with 19.91s. His time and Gay’s were the second and third fastest 200m times in the world that year. In June 2005 Gay decided to become a professional athlete.
As a professional, in 2005, 2006, and 2009 he won gold in the 200m at the World Athletics Final, in 2006 gold in the 200m and 4 x 100m relay at the World Cup, in 2007 gold in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay at the World Championships, in 2009 bronze in the 100m at the World Championships, in 2010 gold in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay at the Continental Cup, and in 2010 gold in the 100m at the Diamond League Final. In 2010 Gay was a member of the fifth-fastest 4 × 100m relay team in history, running a 37.45s with teammates Trell Kimmons, Wallace Spearmon and Michael Rodgers. His sprint combination of 100m and 200m in 9.84s and 19.62s was the best-ever combo at that time. During the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville in 2010, Gay clocked 44.89s in the 400m event and became the first man in history to dip under 10.00s in the 100m, under 20.00s in the 200m and under 45.00s in the 400m. In 2011 he was forced to withdraw from competitions due to injuries. In 2012 Gay qualified for the 100m at the 2012 Summer Olympics after finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Trails with a time of 9.86s. The 2012 Olympic 100m final was the fastest ever Olympic race. There were seven men under 10s. Usain Bolt won in 9.63s, followed by Yohan Blake, and Justin Gatlin. Gay’s run of 9.8 meant he missed the bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second to Gatlin. The 4 x 100m relay final brought Gay has first Olympic medal and an American-record time of 34.04s. But the US team finished second to Jamaica. However, he was later stripped of this medal after failing a drug test in 2013. He was suspended until June 2014. In 2015 Gay returned from his suspension to win the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic. The USA relay team qualified for World and Olympic games at World Relays in Bahamas and won the 4 × 100m relay. Competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Gay ran the third leg for the USA relay 4 × 100m relay team. The team finished third, behind Jamaica and Japan. However, Gay once again was stripped of an Olympic medal, as the US team was disqualified for Justin Gatlin committing a baton exchange violation. In September 2016, it was announced that Gay would make a bid to join the U.S. bobsleigh team by competing at the National Push Championships at the Calgary track. However, he withdrew from the competition. Gay holds the US record in the 100m with 9.69s, making him the joint second fastest sprinter, along with Yohan Blake, in the history of the event after Usain Bolt. His 19.58s makes him history's seventh fastest 200m runner and the USA's fifth fastest.
MATT JONES – Football/Basketball
MATT JONES (DOB: Apr. 22nd, 1983) – Football/Basketball – Matt Jones spent most of his childhood in Van Buren, where his parents taught school and his father coached football and track. He attended Van Burn public schools from grade school through the end of his junior year. He burst onto the high school football scene as a 6 ft. 4 in. sophomore wide receiver, quickly making an impact for the Pointers football team, leading the team in TD receptions. He helped lead the Pointers to a 5A conference title and was named Super Sophomore by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Jones left Van Buren following his junior year for the opportunity to play quarterback at Northside High School in Fort Smith. Jones was a McDonald’s All-American in football, a finalist for their All-American basketball team, and was named the AR Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore. As a sophomore, Jones led Van Buren to the conference basketball title, breaking Corliss Williamson’s scoring record. Jones would go on to play collegiately at the University of Arkansas. In college, Jones was a star quarterback for the University of Arkansas, and was also a member of the basketball team for one season. During his football career at Arkansas, Jones was a part-time starter his freshman season in 2001 and was the full-time starter from 2002 to 2004. In his freshman year, Jones helped Arkansas defeat an Eli Manning-led Ole Miss team in Oxford in an NCAA record-setting seven overtimes. The Razorbacks lost to the University of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and finished with a record of 7–5.
In his sophomore season, Jones led Arkansas to a share of the SEC West Division championship, with a last-second touchdown pass to receiver DeCori Birmingham, in a game against LSU in Little Rock. The game came to be known in the Arkansas–LSU football rivalry as the Miracle on Markham, making reference to War Memorial Stadium's being on Markham Street. Arkansas lost to the University of Minnesota in the 2002 Music City Bowl, and finished 9–5. His junior year in 2003 was his most eventful, and saw Jones led the Razorbacks to their second consecutive 9-win season. This included another seven-overtime victory, this time at Kentucky. Jones also led Arkansas to an 2003 Independence Bowl victory over the Missouri Tigers, 27–14, and the Razorbacks finished the season with a 9–4 record. Jones was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference at the end of the season. Jones' senior year saw Arkansas fail to reach a bowl game, finishing 5–6. By the time his playing days at Arkansas were over, Jones was the SEC's all-time leader in career rushing yards by a quarterback. His rushing totals have since been eclipsed by Tim Tebow and Nick Fitzgerald. As a Hog freshman, he set a record for rushing (592 yards) and broke his own record the next year and the year after that as well, ending up as the Hogs’ all-time rushing quarterback leader. He led the Hogs to wins in the NCAA’s 2 longest games on record – 7 OT’s. His career Razorback stats are: 417 completions/755 attempts; 5,857 passing yards; 53 passing TD’s; 2,535 rushing yards; and 24 rushing TD’s. All of these stats are on the Razorback record books top ten. As a result, his 53 passing and 24 rushing TD’s, his total of 77 TD’s still stands as tops in Razorback history. He was 2nd Team All-SEC and was drafted in the first round, 21st overall, by Jacksonville. He played with the Jaguars 2005-2008. As a pro, he had 166 catches for 2,153 yards and 15 TD’s.
BASIL SHABAZZ – All Around Athlete
BASIL SHABAZZ (DOB: Jan. 31st, 1972) – All Around Athlete – Basil Shabazz was a USA Today High School All-American, a “USA High School Athlete of the Year,” per the National Sports News Service, and the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year. Shabazz starred in 4 high school sports - football, baseball, basketball, and track. In 1990, he ran for 1,596 yards and scored 28 touchdowns – including 5 touchdowns in the state championship game against Texarkana. In track, his time of 20.8s in the 200m, his leap of 6’9” in the high jump, his long jump of 24-3, and his part in the 4 x 100m relay (40.0s in 1990) were all state records. He hit .358 in high school baseball, enticing the Cardinals to make him a 3rd round draft pick. He played 5 years in the minors, having 182 runs, 270 hits, 93 RBIs, and 10 homers. After his baseball days had concluded, he played football briefly for UAPB.
BRAD TAYLOR – Football
BRAD TAYLOR (DOB: November 2, 1962) – Football – A four-year letterman for the Razorbacks under Coaches Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield, Taylor started games at QB and led the Razorbacks in passing in all four of his seasons, while also logging time as the punter. A gifted passer, Taylor played early in his career and led the Hogs in total offense in his final three seasons. Taylor passed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons and finished his career completing 333 of 644 passes for 4,802 yards and 23 TD’s. His career attempts, completions, passing yards, and passing TDs are still ranked in the top 15 for the Razorback record book. Taylor also punted 99 times for 4,131 yards and 41.7 yards per punt average in his career. A SWC Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, Taylor shined in the 1981 Gator Bowl as a sophomore, throwing for 307 yards and two TDs against North Carolina. Taylor was named the Gordon Campbell Senior Spirit Award recipient in 1984. He went on to play three seasons of professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton (1985-86) and Ottawa (1987).
PAUL BLAIR – Swimming
PAUL BLAIR (DOB: May 19, 1949 POST) – Swimming – Paul Blair was the head coach and owner of the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team. He was also associate head coach for the Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans Women's Swim Team. He was known for the many sprinters he trained to the highest level of swimming competition. Blair was one of the first coaches to emphasize that in order to sprint, you must practice sprinting. In fact, most sprint coaches today have based their swim workouts on Blair's method. Coach Blair has trained many notable swimmers, including John Hargis (Olympic gold medalist), Steve Crocker, Doug Boyd, Kicker Vencill, Matt Weghorst, Bobby O'Bryan, Tom Genz, Noel Strauss, and Manuel Twillie. Blair was inducted into the West Liberty State College Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2004, he received the International Swimming Hall of Fame Yutaka Terao Award and was posthumously inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008. He served on the Olympic International Operations Committee, the International Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Governors, the State of Arkansas Governor's Council for Sport and Fitness, the USA Olympic Operations Committee and is past vice-president of the American Swim Coaches Association. He served as the head coach for the USA World Championship team, as coach for the National Junior Team at the Youth Olympic Festival, and as men's coach at the World University Games. He was a Nike advisory coach and USA National Team coach. His team championships include 1988 US Open Men’s Team Champions Results, 1989 US Men’s Team National Champions Results, 57 Arkansas State Age Group Championships, and 10 time Region VIII Team Champions. Blair individually coached 6 US National Champions, 1 US Open National Champion, 12 Junior National Champions, 2 Olympic Festival Gold Medalists, 35 National Age Group Champions, 17 National Age Group Record Holders, 9 Masters National Champions, 1 Pan American Silver Medalist, 25 World Ranked Swimmers, 25 Olympic Trials Qualifiers, 4 Pan Pacific Team Members, 6 Olympic Swimmers, 1 World Team Silver Medalist, and 1 Olympic Gold Medalist.
TOMMY BRASHER – Coaching
TOMMY BRASHER (DOB: Dec. 30, 1940) – Coaching – Tommy Brasher was born in El Dorado, Arkansas He was a linebacker for the Razorbacks. A letterman 1961-63, Brasher finished his career with 106 tackles as a middle guard. He recorded 68 tackles and five pass deflections in 1961. He had 38 tackles in 1962. Arkansas was 8-3 and No. 8 in the nation in 1961, and 9-2 and No. 6 in the nation in 1962. The Razorbacks went 5-5 in 1963. The 1961 and ‘62 teams each earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl. He helped the 1962 unit lead the Southwest Conference in total defense (200.1 yds) and rushing defense (90.7 yds), and the 1961 defense lead the league in passing defense (62.9 yds). After college he went on to coach 6 years at El Dorado High School. At the collegiate level he was an assistant coach at Arkansas (1970), Virginia Tech (1971-73), University of LA-Monroe (1974-76), and SMU (1977-81). He then went on to become a defensive line coach in the NFL for New England (1982-84), Philadelphia (1985), Atlanta (1986-89), Tampa Bay (1990), Seattle (1992-98), Philadelphia (1999-2005), Philadelphia (2012-13), and Kansas City (2013-17). He won a battle with salivary gland cancer in 2001, but throughout all his treatments he missed only 5 days of work. In 2001 Brasher was awarded the Eagles Ed Block Courage Award, presented to selected players or coaches in the NFL who are voted on by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. Brasher was inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor in 2008 and the Union County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
TOMMY TICE – Coaching
TOMMY TICE (DOB: 1952) – Coaching – Tommy Tice’s overall football coaching record: 289-160-6 in 42 years at Huntsville and Harrison. Tice has coached more games as a head coach in football than anyone in state history – 455 games. He is currently the third all-time winningest coach in Arkansas football history. Tice’s teams won the 1999 state championship, 13 conference championships, 7 conference runner-up finishes, and 6 final four appearances. His teams have had 4 undefeated regular seasons: Huntsville ’81, Harrison ‘89, ’99 and ’03. He has been an AHSCA Head All Star coach 6 times and an assistant coach 4 times, conference Coach of the Year 13 times, AHSCA State football Coach of the Year ’99, NFHS Coach of the Year for Arkansas ’99, received the Lowell Manning award ’92 & ’99, AHSCA All Star Football Committee chairman, AHSCA Executive Committee member and president ’94, AHSAAA Director of the Year 1993, Southern Regional Athletic Director of the Year 1993, KURM Northwest AR Coach of the Year 1981, KHOZ Northwest AR Coach of the Year 1980, Selected to the inaugural class of the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame 2004, Vice-President of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, and Member of the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy Selection Committee for the National Walk-on Award. Tice retired from coaching after the 2015 season at Huntsville.
DELORES “DOLLY” BRUMFIELD WHITE – Baseball
DELORES “DOLLY” BRUMFIELD WHITE (DOB:” May 26, 1932 POST) – Baseball – Brumfield is nationally and internationally known as one of the women to play for the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She played seven years (1947-53). This league was the basis for the movie, “A League of Their Own.” Born in Prichard, Alabama, Dolly was an athletic young girl and joined the boys playing pick-up baseball games and held her own against them. Dolly began to dream of being a baseball player. Such a dream was surely unrealistic – but something happened in 1942 that made it less far-fetched. As World War II began to demand a greater commitment in manpower, many minor-league teams went out of business due to a lack of able-bodied players. To fill the void, Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, decided to form the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The league began play in 1943. In 1946, the shipyard workers heard about tryouts for the AAGPBL and encouraged Dolly to try out. Dolly impressed league officials at the tryouts. Afterwards she spoke to Max Carey, the league president, and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. When Carey found out Dolly was “almost 14” he told her she was too young. Not long after the end of the 1946 season, Carey contacted Dolly, inviting her to join the AAGPBL. For the 1947 season, Dolly played for the South Bend Blue Sox. While South Bend finished fourth out of eight teams with a 57-54 record, Brumfield found the level of play a challenge as a rookie. It was around this time that teammate Daisy Junor gave her the nickname “Dolly.”
Dolly’s age inspired Daisy to give her the nickname. In 1948, as the league expanded to 10 teams and split into two divisions. Brumfield returned to Alabama for school before the start of the season. When she returned, she had been traded to the Kenosha Comets. Kenosha improved significantly, going from 43-69 in 1947 to 61-64 in 1948. Brumfield appeared in 86 games, improving her average to .142 and stealing 18 bases. Kenosha’s team progress continued in 1950 as did Brumfield’s. Dolly had one of her best seasons for the Comets, playing in 108 games, also marking career highs in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, runs batted in, total bases and stolen bases. This season also saw her first career home run. Plus, for the second consecutive year, she improved her batting average more than 50 points, hitting .264. Kenosha recorded a fine 64-46 record, finishing third behind the league champion Rockford Peaches. There was a change in scenery for Brumfield in 1952, as she joined the Fort Wayne Daisies after Kenosha folded. The Daisies won the league championship with a 67-42 record. Throughout much of her career, Brumfield had been a utility player, playing many games at almost all positions. The only positions she never played were catcher and pitcher. Brumfield’s last season in the AAGPBL was 1953, the next to last year of the league's existence. She went out with a bang. Fort Wayne again won the league championship, sporting a 66-39 record. This, her seventh year in the league, was the first in which she was legally considered an adult, turning 21 in May. Brumfield had been attending college during the offseason and graduated from Alabama College for Women (now the University of Montevallo) in 1954 with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She found a job as a physical education instructor in Shaw, Mississippi. After working in Shaw for two years, Brumfield spent seven years teaching at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. She then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving her master’s degree (1959) and doctorate (1969) in physical education. After leaving Copiah-Lincoln in 1963, Brumfield took a position in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. White’s career at Henderson was long and distinguished. In 1994, she retired and was honored with the title professor emeritus. White’s work and legacy have been recognized by many. She was inducted into Henderson’s Reddie Hall of Honor in 1998. In 2003, she was invited to the White House by President George W. Bush to serve as a first base coach for one of the South Lawn tee ball games. In 2004, she was recognized by the University of Montevallo with one of its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2007, White was honored by seeing the Henderson State University softball field renamed as the “Dr. Delores ‘Dolly’ Brumfield-White Softball Field.” White has been recognized by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame for her participation in the AAGPBL and women's baseball history. She the past president of the AAGPBL Players’ Association. She has even been honored with a painting of her adorning a traffic control box in North Little Rock, Arkansas, just a short distance from Dickey-Stephens Park, the home of the Texas League's Arkansas Travelers.