Published on May 7, 2017 by Joey Mullins  
Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 class

Six outstanding former Samford University student-athletes—representing decades from the 1950s to the 2000s—were inducted May 6 into the inaugural class of the new Samford Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition to their success in competition, they all have excelled in life.

Two of the inductees later became Samford coaches after their playing careers.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.