Cunningham, McAllister To Join MS Sports Hall Of Fame

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Doug Cunningham and Deuce McAllister (photo courtesy Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame)
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Doug Cunningham and Deuce McAllister (photo courtesy Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame)
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Oct. 28, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. - Ole Miss football greats Doug Cunningham and Deuce McAllister are two of the seven new inductees that will enter the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in a star-studded Class of 2014.

The group includes, in alphabetical order: basketball standout and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton; college and NFL football standouts Cunningham, McAllister and Steve McNair; award-winning sportscaster Robin Roberts; track and field sprinter Calvin Smith; and Richard Williams, the only coach ever to take a Mississippi team to the NCAA Division I Final Four.

Robin Roberts was previously selected for the Class of 2013, but was unable to attend because of health issues.

"In my mind, this is as accomplished and as diverse a group of Hall of Famers as I have ever seen," Rick Cleveland, executive director of the MSHOF said. "My congratulations to them and to the statewide selection committee who chose them.

"I think it's important to note that all seven are from small-town Mississippi. They should serve as inspiration to youngsters -- boys and girls no matter their background -- across the Magnolia State."

From Louisville, Cunningham was a standout running back and kick returner for Ole Miss and then for nine years in the NFL, eight with the San Francisco 49ers. In a brilliant three-year varsity career at Ole Miss as a wingback, tailback and kick returner, Cunningham averaged 9 yards for every time he touched the ball. He was teammates with Steve Spurrier at San Francisco, where, Spurrier says, "When we first saw Doug, nobody could believe how fast he was."

From Lena, outside of Morton, McAllister was a record-setting back first for Ole Miss and then with the New Orleans Saints. He was All-SEC twice at Ole Miss and is the leading rusher and touchdown scorer in Ole Miss history. He is the leading rusher in Saints history with 6,096 yards and 49 touchdowns. He played in two Pro Bowls. He was a 2012 inductee in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Cunningham was a 1994 inductee in the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame, while McAllister received that honor in 2010.

The Class of 2014 will be inducted at a banquet at the Jackson Hilton July 25, 2014, followed by more BancorpSouth Induction Weekend activities on July 26 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

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