MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – Former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams and professional wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler are among the 27 athletes and coaches elected to be inducted into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.
An induction ceremony on Thursday will be the first for the hall since 2019, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Tourism.
The Memphis Sports Experience & Hall of Fame honors athletes and coaches with ties to the city. Williams played college football at the University of Memphis, and Lawler wrestled in Memphis and lives there.
Others to be honored include Lionel Hollins, former coach of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies; Gene Bartow, former coach of the University of Memphis basketball team; former basketball player Elliot Perry of the University of Memphis; and former Christian Brothers University women’s soccer star Missy Gregg.
“I cherish my time at the University of Memphis and the city that believed in me,” Williams said in a press release. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without Memphis.”
Tickets are still available for the event, which takes place at the Renasant Convention Center in downtown Memphis.
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