Jim Hughes knows about the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction weekend
Ive actually been to several ceremonies before when we had players or coaching friends or one thing or another, he said. I was here a couple years ago when we did Robert Davis and Ray Goff and Lisa Spain Short from Moultrie, whos a tennis player.
And I was here when Guy McIntyre was inducted, so weve been to several ceremonies.
Almost on cue, up walked the member of the 2007 class -- in from San Francisco -- to talk an inductee of the 2014 class.
Holy cow, boomed Hughes, the highly successful high school football head coach at Thomasville and Colquitt County. Speaking of, Guy McIntyre. Im glad to see you.
The coach and player shared a huge laugh and a hug and some teasing at Friday nights jacket ceremony at the Hall of Fame.
Guy was at Georgia for the national championship, Hughes said. And I dont know what youve done since then.
To which both laughed. McIntyre, of course, was a third-round pick in the 1984 NFL draft and played with San Francisco, Green Bay and Philadelphia. He was a part of three Super Bowl titles and earned five Pro Bowl selections.
And he reminded Hughes of that.
Won a couple of Super Bowls, he said.
Well, that, too, Hughes said with a laugh. Is that all?
McIntrye remembered that Hughes was never lacking for words.
Be careful now, he said. You may have to get another (note) pad.
While a veteran of the ceremonies, Hughes was making his debut to the jacket ceremony event Friday night. Members of the class gather with invited guests on the Halls main floor before sitting in the large theatre to hear about how they got here.
And then they get the Hall blazer, bringing them one step closer to Saturdays induction.
I was pretty much blown away by the quality of the inductees, Hughes said. This is just fun.
Hughes will be inducted Saturday night with James Brooks (Warner Robins, Auburn football), Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech mens basketball), Hollis Stacy (LPGA golfer), Frank Thomas (Major League Baseball star from Columbus), Scott Woerner (Georgia football), Chester Webb (Georgia Southern basketball) and Homer Rice (football coach and Georgia Tech athletics director).
After an afternoon fan fest at the Hall, the ceremony will take place at the Macon City Auditorium.
Stacy couldnt take part in the afternoons golf tournament -- good news for the rest of the field, no doubt -- and arrived just in time for the jacket ceremony.
This is my first time here, said the Savannah native who won 18 LPGA events and four majors. This is very impressive.
She was excited enough to be inducted but then got some news that added to her happiness.
Then I heard that Sonny Sieler was getting the Erk Russell award, Stacy said of the man who has been breeding Georgias Uga bulldogs for decades. Sonnys known me since I was a baby, so I was excited about that.
Hughes, as is usually the case every year with the new members, sat in the jacket ceremony and listened to the accomplishments of the class. The Cordele native was familiar with Brooks, Cremins, Woerner, Thomas and Rice, more than anybody.
Hollis Stacy and Chester Webb, the basketball player? Hughes said, noting Webbs records in scoring and rebounding at Georgia Southern. My God. In your career, you average 24 points a game. I dont give a damn what era you played in, thats remarkable.
Hughes thoroughly enjoyed Friday night and seeing familiar faces, like co-Hall of Famers Davis, Mary Persons Dan Pitts and Daltons Bill Chappell among others.
This is just such a nice thing that the Hall does, he said of the more intimate event. To honor athletics excellence is super, and they do it very well.