Seven from high school football among Georgia sports hall finalists

Five former Georgia high school football players and two coaches made the final 36 in the latest cuts for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

The GSHF Honors Court will meet in Macon on Sept. 14 to make the final selections for the Class of 2011.

The final 36 includes:

*Buck Belue: Best known as the quarterback of Georgia’s 1980 national championship team, Belue was a four-year starter at Valdosta (1974-77) and set a record for career passing yards in Georgia with 5,214. Belue also was a first-round pick in the Major League draft and played minor league ball. He’s now a talk show host for 680 The Fan radio in Atlanta.

*Robert Davis: Davis retired after the 2007 season with a record of 353-73-1, which ranks second in victories for a Georgia coach to Larry Campbell of Lincoln County. Davis won state titles for Warner Robins in 1976, 1981 and 1988. He left Warner Robins to build the program at Westside of Macon in 1997 and was 111-32 there.

*Ray Lamb: Lamb’s record in 32 years as a Georgia head coach was 250-102-11, and he is one of 13 coaches to win state titles at two schools – Warren County (1965, 1966) and Commerce (1981). He is the father of Calhoun head coach Hal Lamb and Furman head coach Bobby Lamb.

*Greg Lloyd: A former star at Peach County in Fort Valley, Lloyd played 11 years in the NFL, primarily for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and made five Pro Bowl teams.

*Ray Goff: As an all-state quarterback, Goff led Moultrie to a Region 1-AAA title in 1972, then the University of Georgia to an SEC title in 1976, when he was conference player of the year. Goff was Georgia’s head coach from 1989 to 1995.

*J.T. Thomas: Thomas played for Lanier High in Macon before a 10-year NFL career during which he played on four Super Bowl championship teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the Pro Bowl in 1976.

*Reggie Wilkes: Wilkes was a key member of Southwest Atlanta’s historic 1973 Class AA championship team that featured Anthony Flanagan at quarterback. Southwest was the first all-black team to win a state title in the GHSA. Wilkes played at Georgia Tech, then 10 years as a linebacker in the NFL, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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August 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Congrats to Buck Belue!!!!!!!


August 25th, 2010
2:37 pm

I have my doubts about an organization that inducts Loran Smith before Larry Munson.