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Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Names Mitchell & Perrot

Former Cajuns named to Hall
Brian Mitchell, Kim Perrot will be inducted

NATCHITOCHES – Two of the top performers in UL’s athletic history have earned spots among the state’s sports legends, with Brian Mitchell and Kim Perrot among eight athletic greats chosen for the 2007 induction class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who rewrote UL’s football record book before going on to a stellar 14-year NFL playing career, and Perrot, the Cajuns’ all-time leading women’s basketball scorer and an inspirational story in a too-short WNBA career, were chosen for the state’s top sports honor by a 30-member LSWA panel that considered 126 candidates in 22 different sports categories.

Joining Mitchell and Perrot, who will be inducted posthumously, as this year’s inductees are football stars Pat Swilling and Stan Humphries, recently-enshrined Baseball Hall of Fame member Willard Brown, Southern Lab basketball coach Joel Hawkins, LSU track and field star and Olympic gold medalist Esther Jones, and Tulane basketball All-American and first-round NBA draft pick Warren Perkins.

The eight new inductees will be honored June 21-23 during the 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in Natchitoches, home of the Hall of Fame since 1972. Also honored will be the 2007 recipients of the LSWA’s Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, the equivalent of Hall of Fame membership for sports media in the state, and the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. Those honorees will be announced next spring.

Their enshrinement next summer will increase membership in the state sports Hall of Fame to 253 men and women since the Natchitoches shrine was established 49 years ago.

Mitchell, a standout quarterback at Plaquemine High School and UL, set nine NFL records as a dynamic kick returner. He had 13 pro touchdowns on kick runbacks, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1995.

For the Ragin’ Cajuns, he became the first quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 3,000 while leading UL to four straight winning records.

Perrot was a lightning-quick point guard for Acadiana High before a record-shattering career from 1986-90 at UL, where she led the NCAA in scoring with a 30.0 average as a senior.

A standout for Team USA in international competition during the 1990s, she helped the Houston Comets to the first two WNBA championships before being stricken by terminal cancer. Her No. 10 Comets jersey is retired and the WNBA Sportsmanship Award is named in her honor.

Some of the greatest figures in U.S. and world sports history are included in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which is nearing its 50th anniversary. There are 11 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio; 29 in the College Football Hall of Fame at South Bend, Ind.; seven in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.; six (including Willard Brown) in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y.; five in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.; and two in the newly created College Baseball Hall of Fame. Five Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members were selected among the Top 50 Players in NBA History, with two more likely future inductees also among that group chosen in 2000.

A full schedule of events associated with the Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will be announced in April, with tickets available for all events at that time. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in historic Natchitoches, with the state’s museum system soon to begin construction of an ultra-modern facility which will showcase the state’s remarkable sports history and the Hall of Fame. Information on the Hall of Fame is available by calling 318-357-6467.

Hall of Fame inductees

 

Willard Brown, baseball

Joel Hawkins, high school basketball coach

Stan Humphries, football

Esther Jones, track and field

Brian Mitchell, football

Warren Perkins, basketball

Kim Perrot, basketball

Pat Swilling, football