Elmore Smith, inducted 2012
|Standout performer at Ballard Hudson High School before going on to Kentucky State where he was an All American. Following his College career, he was drafted by the Buffalo Braves in the first round of the 1971 draft as the number three pick overall. In his first season he averages 17.3 points and 15.2 rebounds a game and was named to the NBA All Rookie team. His rebounding average that year is the 8th best of all time for a rookie. His shot-blocking ability earned him the nickname "Elmore the Rejector." He led the NBA in that category in both for 1974 and 1975 and holds the NBA record for most blocks in a game since 1973 with 17 against the Portland Trailblazers in 1973. Smith spent 8 years in the NBA playing for the Buffalo Braves, the Los Angelesa Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averages a double double (13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds) over the course of his career._|
Ron Wallace was a top notch athlete at Willingham High School in the mid 1960's, playing football and basketball and also competing on the Rams Truck team. He lettered three years in each of the those sports and was captain of the football team as a senior when he was named winner of the Brad Henderson Memorial Award as Wililngham's Most Outstanding Athlete.
He signed a football scholarship to attend Florida State University and was a three year starter at Defensive end for the Seminoles. In his first varsity game, against Maryland, he earned the Savage Award for the best defensive Player of the game. He would take that award several more times over the span of his career. He made the All Florida team three straight years as a defensive end and was joined as a sophomore by Miami's Ted Hendricks, Tony Cline of Miami as a junior and Jack Youngblood of Florida as a senior.
He is still in the FSU record book setting the standard for most fumbles for a game (3), Most fumble recoveries for a season (6) and most fumble recoveries for a career (8). He also holds the mark for most sacks in a game with 5 against South Carolina. He played in the Blue Gray post season all star game following his senior season.(more)
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