Former Warner Robins star running James Brooks will join former Georgia Tech basketball head coach Bobby Cremins and former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
Those three will be joined by Jim Hughes, Homer Rice, Hollis Stacy, Chester Webb and Scott Woerner.
Brooks is the third member of Warner Robins’ 1976 mythical national championship team to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, following head coach Robert Davis and defensive lineman Ron Simmons. Brooks played collegiately at Auburn before embarking on a career in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals. He finished his career as the leader in all-purpose yards at Warner Robins and Auburn, and he still holds the franchise record for the Bengals. He made four Pro Bowl appearances and played in Super Bowl XXIII with the Bengals.
Cremins took over a mediocre Georgia Tech basketball program in 1981 and turned it into one of the powers of the ACC. In his 19 years at the helm, the Yellow Jackets won 354 games, three ACC tournament titles, two ACC regular season championships and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the Final Four in 1990, and he was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. The Yellow Jackets’ basketball court is named after him.
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One of the great power hitters of his era, Thomas won consecutive MVPs with the White Sox in 1993 and 1994. The Columbus native played in five All-Star games and retired with 521 home runs, a .301 career average and 1,704 RBI. He led Columbus to a state title in 1984 and later starred at Auburn.
Woerner started at safety for Georgia’s 1980 national title team. The Jonesboro native was an All-SEC and All-America pick. His interception in the 1980 Sugar Bowl helped secure a victory. He later played for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hughes led Thomasville and Colquitt County to state championships as a football head coach. He took over at Thomasville in 1970, winning state titles in 1973 and 1974. The 1974 team won a mythical national title, led by running back William Andrews. Hughes moved to Colquitt County and won a state title with the Packers in 1995. He went 247-102-4 in his career.
Rice took over as Georgia Tech athletics director in 1980, leading the program for 17 years. The Yellow Jackets won a national championship in football and played in a Final Four and a College World Series during his tenure. The NCAA Division I-A Athletic Director of the Year Award is named for him.
Stacy is one of two golfers to win three consecutive U.S. Girls Junior Championships. As a pro, Stacy won 18 LPGA tournaments, including four major championships – three U.S. Opens and the Peter Jackson Classic.
Webb was the first native Georgian to be named a college basketball All-American when he earned the honor at Georgia Teachers College (now known as Georgia Southern). Webb scored 40 points or more nine times in his career, and he led his team to wins over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida. Webb still holds 18 school records at Georgia Southern.