Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and former Georgia Bulldogs standout and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward highlight the 2016 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame class, which was named Friday.
Jones was selected with the first overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft and finished his 18-year career with the Braves with 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and a .303 batting average of .303. He was the 1999 NL MVP, was an eight-time All-Star and was a member of the Braves’ 1995 World Series championship team.
Ward finished his Georgia career with 4,762 total yards and 20 touchdowns as a wide receiver, running back and quarterback. Ward spent 14 seasons with the Steelers and had 12,511 all-purpose yards, 1,000 receptions and 86 total touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, Ward helped lead Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl victories and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XL.
The other members of the class are basketball player/contributor Michael Glenn, basketball player Patricia Roberts, football player Jimmy Robinson, sports broadcaster Phil Schaefer, football coach Luther Welsh and basketball coach/contributor Glenn Wilkes.
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The Class of 2016 will be inducted Feb. 27.