The nine new inductees honored by the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame came from different backgrounds and different eras, but they were together Friday night in the same class on Friday night.
More than 830 people gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center to join the new class, which covered just about every sport, in every possible way, from basketball to football to tennis, from player to coach to administrator to sportswriter.
Perhaps Durham prep prodigy, Wake Forest and NBA great Rodney Rogers put it best when he said:
“To be inducted into such a hall of fame with all these great people. … I’m just happy to be a part of such a fine group.”
Rogers, the ACC player of the year in 1993, headlined a diverse class on Friday, the 51st to be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Eddie Biedenbach, Bob Colvin, Randy Denton, Lee Gliarmis, Marshall Happer, A.J. Carr and the late Bob Waters and late Frank Weedon were also honored.
Carr worked for 42 years for the News & Observer and covered many of the inductees in the class.