April 8, 2002
Former professional athletes Terry Kinard, Sam DeLuca and Billy Thompson of the NFL, and Tree Rollins of the NBA headline the 2002 inductee class of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
They will be joined by Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry, NASCAR pioneer Harold Brasington, and Jim Moss, a former two-time All-ACC football star at USC.
They will be inducted at the annual SCAHOF banquet at Embassy Suites on May 30 at 6 p.m. Individual tickets cost $80, and a table of eight $500. To order tickets and for more information on sponsorships, call 779-0905.
Kinard, a Sumter native who starred at Clemson and for the New York Giants, earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame last August.
After a standout career at USC, DeLuca played 11 years of pro football as an offensive lineman. the last four with the New York Jets as a key blocker for Joe Namath.
Thompson, a Greenville native who played at Maryland State (now Maryland-Eastern Shore), played defensive back and returned kicks and punts for the Denver Broncos from 1969-1981 and holds two NFL records that have stood for more than two decades. Rollins became a defensive force for Clemson basketball before embarking on a long NBA career, he stands No. 4 in NBA history in blocked shots.
DeBerry, a Cheraw native and Wofford graduate, has compiled a 141-79-1 record in 18 seasons at Air Force.
Brasington came up with the idea of building a major racetrack in Darlington and acquired the land and helped build NASCAR’s first superspeedway.
Moss, a Beaufort native twice won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy en route to being drafted by the Buffalo Bills, a broken ankle during his rookie preseason camp ended his pro career and he went to become an attorney and member of the S.C. House of Representatives.
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