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Heath Shuler to be Honored Saturday as SEC Football Legend
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Dec. 4, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - All-Americans, both on the playing field and in the classroom, and All-SEC performers highlight the 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Legends Class.

The Legends will be honored at this year's SEC "Weekend of Champions" which culminates with the SEC Football Championship Game on Sat., Dec. 5 at the Georgia Dome.

The SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will feature the legends from the 12 SEC schools on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The legends will also be recognized on the field prior to the kickoff of the championship game.

CBS' Verne Lundquist will serve again as the master of ceremonies for the 2009 SEC Legends Dinner.

For more information on the Legends Dinner, please visit SECsports.com.

The 2009 Legends class is listed below:

TENNESSEE - Heath Shuler, Quarterback, 1991-93

The 1993 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Heath Shuler was selected first team All-SEC as well as being named SEC Player of the Year and finalist for the Davy O'Brien and Maxwell Awards. Shuler, who led the league in passing in 1993, had a string of 17 games throwing a TD pass. He passed for more than 4,000 career yards and set numerous Tennessee passing records. He added a school record 11 rushing TDs in 1992, a mark still atop the Tennessee charts for a quarterback. A first-round draft choice in 1994, Shuler played for the NFL's Washington Redskins (1994-96) and the New Orleans Saints (1997-98). In 2006 he was elected to represent 11th District in North Carolina as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. .

ALABAMA - Antonio Langham, Defensive Back, 1990-93

A two-time All-America pick, and a consensus pick in 1993, Antonio Langham is the only Tide player to win the Jim Thorpe Award, symbolic of the nation's best defensive back. That same year, he was also a finalist for the Football Writers' Defensive Player of the Year and Football News Player of the Year award. He was an All-SEC pick in 1992 and 1993 and was the inaugural SEC Championship game's MVP in 1992. In that game, he intercepted Gator quarterback Shane Matthews and returned it 27 yards for the winning touchdown in the Tide's 28-21 victory. He finished his career with a school-record 19 interceptions.

 

 

ARKANSAS - Gary Anderson, Running Back, 1979-82

A four-year letterman at running back and the captain of the 1982 team, Gary Anderson gained 1,999 yards on the ground and another 3,074 in receiving and kick returns. He holds the school career record for kick returns (137) and punt returns (115). He was the MVP of the 1980 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl. He was an All-Southwest Conference first-team selection in 1982 and in 1983, Anderson was drafted in the first round by the San Diego Chargers. He also played professionally for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

AUBURN - Quentin Riggins, Linebacker, 1986-89

Quentin Riggins was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Auburn from 1986-89, earning second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors in both 1988 and 1989. He accumulated 398 tackles (200 solo, 198 assists) during his career, which ranks fifth in Auburn history, while helping the Tigers to SEC titles in 1987, '88 and '89. Riggins led Auburn in tackles in each of his last two seasons, including a 165-tackle season as a senior that ranks third-best in school history. He had 23 tackles against Florida that year, which is tied for the third-best single-game mark in Auburn history, earning SEC and Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Week honors. He played nine games during his career in which he totaled at least 15 tackles, including three with at least 20.

FLORIDA - Reidel Anthony, Wide Receiver, 1994-96

Reidel Anthony was a three-year letterwinner for the Gators, earning first-team All-America and All-SEC mention in 1996. He was also one of three finalists for the 1996 Biletnikoff Award. During his collegiate career, Anthony had 126 catches for 2,274 yards (18.0 avg.) and added 56 rushing, 358 punt return and 812 kickoff return yards. His career TD/catch ratio of 4.85 (26 TDs/126 catches) is fifth best in school history. Anthony's 26 touchdown catches are the third-best in SEC history, while his 2,274 receiving yards ranks second in the UF record books and his 126 catches ranks tied for seventh in school history. He holds two of the top five single-game receiving yardage performances in school history (Florida State, 1996 - 193 yds., Arkansas, 1996 - 189 yds.).

GEORGIA - Matt Stinchcomb, Offensive Tackle, 1996-98

As a three-year starter at offensive tackle, Matt Stinchcomb was a consensus All-America first team selection in both 1997 and 1998 including those teams chosen by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, and Walter Camp. He was the recipient of the 1998 Jacobs Blocking Trophy which goes annually to the top blocker in the SEC and was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award which goes annually to the nation's top lineman. Stinchcomb was just as impressive off the field. He was a two-time Academic All-America first team member and in 1998 was named the nation's Academic All-American of the Year which encompasses all sports at all schools across the country. He also received the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. For his efforts, he was recognized as one of 11 football student-athletes across the country for selection to the American Football Coaches Good Works Team in both 1997 and '98. At the conclusion of his college career, Matt was awarded post-graduate scholarships by both the NCAA and National Football Foundation. He also received the NCAA Top Eight Award which annually recognizes the nation's top eight student-athletes regardless of sport.

KENTUCKY - Jim Kovach, Linebacker, 1974-76, 78

Dr. Jim Kovach was a three-time All-SEC linebacker while helping lead Kentucky to the 1976 SEC championship. He earned Academic All-America honors and still ranks as the leading tackler in UK history. Kovach played in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and was chosen to the All-Saints' 20th Anniversary Team. During the NFL off-seasons, he earned his medical degree at UK and he added a law degree from Stanford University. Currently, he is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Buck Institute, the only independent research institute dedicated to delaying the aging process and preventing chronic age-associated disease.

LSU - Michael Brooks, Linebacker, 1983-86

One of the most decorated linebackers in school history, Michael Brooks earned first-team All-America and All-SEC honors in 1985 as a junior. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in 1984 as a sophomore. Brooks would have been a cinch to become a two-time first-team All-America in 1986; however, a knee injury against Florida sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Despite his knee injury, Brooks was still taken in the third round of the NFL Draft that year by the Denver Broncos, where he spent six seasons, playing in two Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl. He also played three seasons with the New York Giants and a year with the Detroit Lions.

OLE MISS - Jimmy Lear, Quarterback, 1950-52

Jimmy Lear earned first team All-America honors in 1952, playing three years for Coach John Vaught. Lear ranks 23rd on the Ole Miss all-time passing yardage list with 1,773 yards and led Ole Miss to its first undefeated regular season in 1952 which was capped off by a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia Tech. He helped lead the No. 11 Rebels to a 21-14 victory over No. 3 and undefeated Maryland in 1952, the game that many consider to have put Ole Miss football on the national map. Although considered one of the best running quarterbacks in Ole Miss history, Lear made his mark as an outstanding passer, helping the Rebels lead the SEC in passing in 1951 and 1952.

MISSISSIPPI STATE - Billy Stacy, Quarterback, 1956-58

A three-year letterman at Mississippi State in both football and track from 1956-58, Billy Stacy broke onto the scene as a first-team All-SEC quarterback in 1956. While leading the nation in punt returns that same season with 24 returned punts for 290 total yards, the Jackson, Miss., native was also eighth nationally in total offense with 1,077 yards. He was a three-time all-SEC selection and garnered all-American status in 1957. Stacy went on to play five seasons of football professionally before returning to MSU as a member of the coaching staff from 1967-1969.

SOUTH CAROLINA - Tommy Suggs, Quarterback, 1968-70

Tommy Suggs was a standout quarterback at the University of South Carolina from 1968-70. He established numerous passing and total offense records during his career. Suggs led the Gamecocks to the 1969 ACC championship and a Peach Bowl berth. He completed 355-of-672 passes for 4,916 yards and 34 touchdowns and shares the school record for most touchdown passes in one game (5). He was named Carolina's Most Valuable Player in 1970 and was named the Outstanding Player in the 1970 Blue-Gray All-Star game. Most importantly for Carolina fans, he never lost to Clemson during his career. He was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. A successful businessman in Columbia, Suggs is in his 36th year as a color analyst for the Gamecock Radio Network.

VANDERBILT - Jamie Duncan, Linebacker, 1995-97

Jamie Duncan was named the 1997 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and Mobile Press Register. That same season, he was also named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association and the American Football Coaches Association and earned second-team honors with Associated Press and Football News. He ended his collegiate career with 425 tackles in three seasons. He was picked by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NFL Draft and had enjoyed a fine career with the Buccaneers, Rams and Falcons. He is now a successful businessman based in Tampa.

SEC FOOTBALL LEGENDS (1994-2008)

1994
Alabama - Lee Roy Jordan, Center/Linebacker, 1960-62
Arkansas - Lance Alworth, Halfback, 1959-61
Auburn - Tracy Rocker, Defensive Tackle, 1985-88
Florida - Neal Anderson, Running Back, 1982-85
Georgia - Charley Trippi, Tailback, 1942, 1945-46
Kentucky - Babe Parilli, Quarterback, 1949-51
LSU - Jimmy Taylor, Fullback, 1956-57
Ole Miss - Charlie Conerly, Back, 1942, 1946-47
Miss. State - Johnny Baker, Tackle, 1960-62
South Carolina - George Rogers, Running Back, 1977-80
Tennessee - Bob Johnson, Center, 1965-67
Vanderbilt - Bill Wade, Quarterback, 1949-51

1995
Alabama - Harry Gilmer, Quarterback/Defensive Back, 1944-47
Arkansas - Joe Ferguson, Quarterback, 1970-72
Auburn - Tucker Frederickson, Back, 1962-64
Florida - Jack Youngblood, Defensive End, 1966, 1969-70
Georgia - Fran Tarkenton, Quarterback, 1958-60
Kentucky - Derrick Ramsey, Quarterback, 1975-77
LSU - Dalton Hilliard, Running Back, 1982-85
Ole Miss - Barney Poole, End, 1942, 1947-48
Miss. State - Jimmy Webb, Defensive End, 1972-74
South Carolina - Alex Hawkins, Back, 1956-58
Tennessee - Doug Atkins, End, 1950-52
Vanderbilt - Bob Asher, Offensive Tackle, 1967-69

1996
Alabama - Billy Neighbors, Tackle, 1959-61
Arkansas - Chuck Dicus, Wide Receiver, 1968-70
Auburn - Joe Cribbs, Running Back, 1976-79
Florida - Nat Moore, Running Back, 1972-73
Georgia - Bill Stanfill, Defensive Tackle, 1966-68
Kentucky - Wallance "Wah Wah" Jones, End, 1945-48
LSU - Billy Cannon, Halfback, 1957-59
Ole Miss - Johnny Vaught, Couch, 1947-70, 1973
Miss. State - Hunter Corhern, Guard, 1938-40
South Carolina - Sterling Sharpe, Wide Receiver, 1983, 1985-87
Tennessee - Condredge Holloway, Quarterback, 1972-74
Vanderbilt - John Hall, Lineman, 1951-54

1997
Alabama - John Hannah, Offensive Guard, 1970-72
Arkansas - Jim Benton, End, 1935-37
Auburn - Zeke Smith, Guard, 1957-59
Florida - Carlos Alvarez, Wide Receiver, 1969-71
Georgia - Terry Hoage, Defensive Back, 1980-83
Kentucky - Jerry Claiborne, Coach, 1982-89
LSU - Charles Alexander, Running Back, 1975-78
Ole Miss - John "Kayo" Dottley, Fullback, 1947-50
Miss. State - Steve Freeman, Defensive Back, 1972-74
South Carolina - Todd Ellis, QB, 1986-89
Tennessee - John Michels, Offensive Guard, 1950-52
Vanderbilt - Ernest "Bucky" Curtis, End, 1947-50

1998
Alabama - Holt Rast, End, 1939-41
Arkansas - Clyde Scott, Running Back, 1946-48
Auburn - Pat Sullivan, Quarterback, 1969-71
Florida - Glenn Cameron, Linebacker, 1972-74
Georgia - John Rauch, Quarterback, 1945-48
Kentucky - Bob Gain, Tackle/Kicker, 1947-50
LSU - Bert Jones, Quarterback, 1970-72
Ole Miss - Archie Manning, Quarterback, 1968-70
Miss. State - Johnie Cooks, Linebacker, 1977-81
South Carolina - Bobby Bryant, Defensive Back, 1964-66
Tennessee - Richmond Flowers, Running Back, 1966-68
Vanderbilt - Charley Horton, Halfback, 1952-55

1999
Alabama - Johnny Musso, Halfback, 1969-71
Arkansas - Bill Montgomery, Quarterback, 1968-70
Auburn - Jackie Burkett, Center/Linebacker, 1957-59
Florida - Kerwin Bell, Quarterback, 1984-87
Georgia - Herschel Walker, Tailback, 1980-82
Kentucky - Steve Meilinger, End, 1951-53
LSU - Jerry Stovall, Halfback, 1960-62; Head Coach, 1980-83
Ole Miss - Charlie Flowers, Fullback, 1957-59
Miss. State - D.D. Lewis, Linebacker, 1965-67
South Carolina - Rick Sanford, Defensive Back, 1975-78
Tennessee - Steve Kiner, Linebacker, 1967-69
Vanderbilt - Bob Werckle, Tackle, 1947, 1949-51

2000
Alabama - Dwight Stephenson, Center, 1977-79
Arkansas - Ronnie Caveness, Linebacker, 1962-64
Auburn - Stacy Danley, Running Back, 1987-90
Florida - John Reaves, Quarterback, 1969-71
Georgia - Kevin Butler, Placekicker, 1981-84
Kentucky - Lou Michaels, Tackle, 1955-57
LSU - Roy Winston, Guard, 1959-61
Ole Miss - Robert Khayat, Lineman/Kicker, 1957-59
Miss. State - Kent Hull, Center, 1979-82
South Carolina - Harold Green, Running Back, 1986-89
Tennessee - Steve DeLong, Defensive Lineman, 1962-64
Vanderbilt - Herb Rich, Halfback, 1946-49

2001
Alabama - Joe Namath, Quarterback, 1962-64
Arkansas - Steve Atwater, Defensive Back, 1985-88
Auburn - Mike Kolen, Linebacker, 1967-69
Florida - Huey Richardson, Defensive End, 1987-90
Georgia - Tommy Lyons, Center, 1968-70
Kentucky - Sam Ball, Offensive Line, 1963-65
LSU - Tommy Hodson, Quarterback, 1986-89
Ole Miss - Ray Poole, End, 1941-42; 1946
Miss. State - Rockey Felker, Quarterback, 1972-74
South Carolina - Robert Brooks, Wide Receiver, 1988-91
Tennessee - Stanley Morgan, Running Back/Wide Receiver, 1973-76
Vanderbilt - Will Wolford, Offensive Tackle, 1982-85

2002
Alabama - Vaughn Mancha, Center, 1944-47
Arkansas - Loyd Phillips, Defensive Tackle, 1964-66
Auburn - Terry Beasley, Wide Receiver, 1969-71
Florida - Brad Culpepper, Defensive Tackle, 1988-91
Georgia - George Patton, Defensive Tackle, 1964-66
Kentucky - Art Still, Defensive End, 1974-77
LSU - Mike Anderson, Linebacker, 1968-70
Ole Miss - Ben Williams, Defensive Tackle, 1972-75
Miss. State - Harper Davis, Back, 1945-48
South Carolina - Jeff Grantz, Quarterback, 1973-75
Tennessee - Johnny Majors, Head Coach (1977-92), Running Back (1954-56)
Vanderbilt - Jim Arnold, Punter, 1979-82

2003
Alabama - Jeremiah Castille, Cornerback, 1979-82
Arkansas - Wayne Harris, Linebacker, 1958-60
Auburn - Steve Wallace, Offensive Tackle, 1982-85
Florida - Larry Smith, Running Back, 1966-68
Georgia - Scott Woerner, Cornerback, 1977-80
Kentucky - Dermontti Dawson, Guard/Center, 1984-87
LSU - Wendell Davis, Wide Receiver, 1984-87
Ole Miss - Billy Ray Adams, Fullback, 1959-61
Miss. State - Tyrone Keys, Defensive End, 1977-80
South Carolina - Dickie Harris, Defensive Back, 1969-71
Tennessee - Reggie White, Defensive Tackle, 1980-83
Vanderbilt - Whit Taylor, Quarterback, 1979-82

2004
Alabama - Bob Baumhower, Defensive Tackle, 1974-76
Arkansas - Fred Marshall, Quarterback, 1962-64
Auburn - Jimmy "Red" Phillips, Wide Receiver, 1955-57
Florida - Lomas Brown, Offensive Tackle, 1981-84
Georgia - Mike Wilson, Offensive Tackle, 1974-76
Kentucky - George Blanda, Punter-Kicker-Quarterback, 1945-48
LSU - Paul Dietzel, Head Coach, 1955-61
Ole Miss - Allen Brown, End, 1962-64
Miss. State - Arthur Davis, Running Back, 1952-55
South Carolina - Dan Reeves, Quarterback, 1962-64
Tennessee - Frank Emanuel, Linebacker, 1963-65
Vanderbilt - Boo Mitchell, Wide Receiver, 1985-88

2005
Alabama - Cornelius Bennett, Linebacker, 1983-86
Arkansas - Quinn Grovey, Quarterback, 1987-90
Auburn - Ed Dyas, Fullback/Kicker, 1958-60
Florida - Trace Armstrong, Defensive Lineman, 1988
Georgia - Zeke Bratkowski, Quarterback, 1951-53
Kentucky - Warren Bryant, Offensive Tackle, 1973-76
LSU - Eric Martin, Wide Receiver, 1981-84
Ole Miss - Andre Townsend, Defensive Tackle, 1980-83
Miss. State - Joe Fortunato, Fullback/Linebacker, 1950-52
South Carolina - Warren Muir, Fullback, 1967-69
Tennessee - Larry Seivers, Wide Receiver, 1974-76
Vanderbilt - Chris Gaines, Linebacker, 1984-87

2006
Alabama - Steve Sloan, Quarterback, 1963-65
Arkansas - Cliff Powell, Linebacker, 1967-69
Auburn - Bo Jackson, Running Back, 1982-85
Florida - Louis Oliver, Defensive Back, 1985-88
Georgia - Garrison Hearst, Tailback, 1990-92
Kentucky - Jeff Van Note, Defensive End, 1966-68
LSU - Y.A. Tittle, Quarterback/Halfback, 1944-47
Ole Miss - Jake Gibbs, Quarterback/Punter, 1958-60
Miss. State - Wayne Harris, Offensive Guard, 1979-82
South Carolina - Willie Scott, Tight End, 1977-80
Tennessee - Chip Kell, Offensive Guard, 1968-70
Vanderbilt - Eric Jones, Quarterback, 1986-88

2007
Alabama - Ken Stabler, Quarterback, 1965-67
Arkansas - Kent Hatfield, Halfback, 1962-64; Head Coach, 1984-89
Auburn - Ken Rice, Offensive Tackle, 1958-60
Florida - Ralph Ortega, Linebacker, 1972-74
Georgia - Rex Robinson, Kicker, 1977-80
Kentucky - Larry Seiple, Running Back/Punter, 1964-66
LSU - Tommy Casanova, Running Back/Defensive Back/Return Specialist, 1969-71
Ole Miss - Wesley Walls, Linebacker/Tight End, 1985-88
Miss. State - Billy Jackson, Defensive End/Linebacker, 1980-83
South Carolina - Duce Staley, Running Back, 1995-96
Tennessee - Willie Gault, Wide Receiver, 1979-82
Vanderbilt - Chuck Scott, Flanker/Tight End, 1981-84

2008
Alabama - Bart Starr, Quarterback, 1953-55
Arkansas - Billy Ray Smith, Defensive End, 1979-82
Auburn - Al Del Greco, Placekicker, 1980-83
Florida - Errict Rhett, Running Back, 1991-93
Georgia - Eric Zeier, Quarterback, 1991-94
Kentucky - Irv Goode, Lineman/Linebacker, 1959-61
LSU - Lance Smith, Offensive Tackle, 1981-84
Ole Miss - Bobby Ray Franklin, Quarterback, 1957-59
Miss. State - Tom Goode, Center, 1958-60
South Carolina - Brad Edwards, Free Safety, 1984-87
Tennessee - Doug Dickey, Head Coach, 1964-69
Vanderbilt - Shelton Quarles, Linebacker, 1990-93

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