James Brooks figured it was a matter of time.
Homer Rice was on committees that helped write the rules on getting inducted and then figured he was forgotten about.
And Frank Thomas is having a hall of fame year.
The football standout, the coach and administrator and the baseball player were joined by another football player, two more coaches, a golfer and basketball standout as the newest members of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. That group included Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech mens basketball), Hollis Stacy (LPGA golfer), Scott Woerner (Georgia football) and Chester Webb (Georgia Southern basketball).
The induction ceremony took place in front of more than 650 friends, family and fans Saturday night at the Macon City Auditorium.
Brooks, one of the key figures in Warner Robins nationally renown football teams, knew at some point he would get the call. But it was still big when it came.
Oh, ohhh yeah, he said with a big grin. Yes indeed. No question. Ive been waiting for a long time.
Brooks, who now works for eBay, went on to stand out at Auburn before embarking on an NFL career. He lives in Kentucky but still has plenty of family and memories in Middle Georgia.
I go see my mom all the time, he said. I havent seen a (Warner Robins) football game in a while. We could roll up the city at that time. People dont realize.
Its going to be Auburn (night) as well as the Demons.
Rice entered his 14th hall of fame on Saturday.
This has to be the last one, he said. There cant be any more. I dont think there are.
Rice helped write selection guidelines and by-laws for the Hall in the 1990s.
I tell people that I did such a good job, they never selected me, Rice said. I had forgotten all about it.
Rice got to go in with the mens basketball head coach he hired at Georgia Tech, Bobby Cremins. The first meeting must have been something, the soft-spoken cerebral Kentuckyian talking with the brash New Yorker.
Ill never forget, Rice said, invoking the name of another member of the Hall. Mark Price told his parents that, This guy that talks funny came to see us.
Attendees Saturday found a copy of Rices book, Leadership Fitness on their chairs when they entered the auditorium. Thats normal for Rice, who said he doesnt take any compensation for the book and has given away about 50,000 copies.
He developed a total person concept while at Georgia Tech, which the NCAA ran with. Rice still teaches a class in leadership fitness at Tech.
I give that book away, he said. I wont accept one penny. Its my silent ministry.
Thomas wasnt silent during his Major League Baseball career and didnt carry a silent bat. The slugger from Columbus will go into a pair of sports halls this year: Georgia and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He was on the first of 12 state championship baseball teams at Columbus, which is where his baseball talent emerged.
It all started here for me, said Thomas, who is also in sports halls in Alabama and Illinois, as well being a member of Auburns Hall of Honor. Georgia has some of the greatest athletes ever, and thats why I was ready to go and take that next step, because of playing in an area that had so much talent and always pushed me.