Former Tech star Wilkes named to Georgia HOF

Former Georgia Tech star linebacker Reggie Wilkes was named Tuesday to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Wilkes was a three-year starter at Tech 1975-77 alongside Tech great Lucius Sanford.

He was a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1978 and had a 12-year NFL career, including his last four with the Falcons. As of last year, Wilkes was working in Wayne, Pa., as a financial adviser whose clientele includes professional athletes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Other inductees:

National championship-winning quarterback quarterback Buck Belue (Georgia)

Late Braves broadcaster Skip Caray

Four-time NBA champion Horace Grant (from Sparta, Ga.)

High school basketball coach J.B. Hawkins

20-time PGA Tour winner Davis Love III

Two-time NCAA gymnastics champion Heather Stepp McCormick (Georgia)

Induction ceremony is Feb. 23 in Macon.

Thanks for reading. Surprise me by not using the space below to dump on Belue.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

16 comments Add your comment

yeller bug

September 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Congrats to all!

Jacket Man

September 19th, 2012
11:57 am

Reggie actually played opposite Al Richardson, who was drafted by the Falcons, and was, if I’m not mistaken, Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year. Lucius was an Inside Backer whereas Reggie and Al played on the Outside..

HighTech

September 19th, 2012
12:01 pm

Rick James

June 4th, 2012
1:40 pm
@GT Lee

Cut him some slack, Super…..he had a busy day working at Mickey D’s. He had to drop a lot of fries and clean the men’s room twice. He was probably a little grumpy from working so hard……
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Acutally I met with Reggie Wilkes who played linbacker at Tech in the 70’s and now owns a wealth management firm.I would be middle class without him..Great Tech grad.

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Great news about Reggie Wilkes. Without him, there would be at least one dwag not driving a Bentley, running three franchises, and owning a successful music publishing business while paying his daughter’s way through Vanderbilt.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

Jacket Man – thanks. I didn’t mean “alongside” in a literal sense, but point taken. Al Richardson, according to the Tech media guide, was a starter in 78 and 79, while Wilkes started 75-77. But he was co-defensive rookie of the year. a wealth of knowledge.

old dog

September 19th, 2012
1:03 pm

Congrats……my wife’s Grandad is in the Tech Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, although her Dad went to UGA. Any HOF induction, be it UGA, Tech, Georgia HOF, or whatever is an honor.

Jacket Man

September 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

Ken, I’m not sure what the Media Guide says, but I can tell you that Reggie and “Bama” (Al) played opposite each other until Al blew his knew out and had to sit out a year for rehab. I believe that’s the reason Al actually ended up entering the NFL after Reggie (and was why Al was considered a major risk coming out of College). Al started out gangbusters, but, unfortunately, ended up with a short career due to injuries. He was an inspiriration who anyone who knew him, however, because his knee injury was so bad, not only was he told he’d never have a chance to play pro ball, he was told he’d never be able to play football again; maybe never even be able to walk normally.

Jacket Man

September 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

That should have read “knee”…

Rick James

September 19th, 2012
2:56 pm

@HighTech

Great news about Reggie Wilkes. Without him, there would be at least one dwag not driving a Bentley, running three franchises, and owning a successful music publishing business while paying his daughter’s way through Vanderbilt
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Very true..You obviously have an obession with me..

GT

September 19th, 2012
3:59 pm

Keep Dew away from those airplanes!

www

September 19th, 2012
4:48 pm

buck belue is a decent sports talk listen.

much better than john kinkade, at least.

anyway, congrats to all on their induction.

…but how exactly does horace grant get in? did his twin not get in? their games were identical but one happened to play for the bulls when michael jordan was dominating the nba.

Jacket Man

September 19th, 2012
6:41 pm

Yeah, John is one of those six Paul Johnson talks to recruits about.

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Atlanta Native

September 19th, 2012
11:34 pm

sorry www I cannot agree with you about Buck Belue, he is a disgrace to radio.

MastersJacket

September 20th, 2012
8:28 am

JacketMan,

Bama played sparingly his freshman year, Tony Daykin and Freeman Colbert got most of the snaps opposite Reggie. Al tore up his knee so badly on an onside kick attempt against Ugag that he sat out the next two years, Daykin moved to SS and Freeman started (Lance Skelton became the backp). Bama (whose given name is Alpetty) went through two gruelling years of rehab to get back to playing in 1978, Reggie was playing for the Eagles that fall.

Back to point, Reggie deserves the recognition – good player and great guy.

Freddie Blassie

September 20th, 2012
8:49 am

Okay, Belue. Don’t let your head get all swole up bout it. You’re a good talker and handed the ball to the big fast guy pretty good too.

Coach

September 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

Buck Belue, seriously? For handing off to Herschel? There were some great players on that team, but Belue, seriously?