Ole Miss Inducts Five Into Athletics Hall Of Fame
Cynthia Autry of Okolona, Cecil Burford of Senatobia, Everett Lindsay of Chisago City, Minn., Savante' Stringfellow of Flowood and Curtis Weathers of Memphis, Tenn., are members of the Class of 2007, and were inducted during weekend ceremonies in the Butler Auditorium of the
The latest inductees, along with 2007 M-Club Service Award recipient Eleanor Shaw of
Autry, a native of
Autry finished her career with 1,490 points and ranks sixth all-time in points scored in a career. That feat was bolstered by her hot shooting as she shot above 50 percent from the floor for her career, including hitting 57 percent of her shots as a sophomore.
"It's a great honor to be a part of this class," Autry said. "I really didn't know what to say. It's a great honor and you work really hard as an athlete and it's a great accomplishment. You have to be surrounded by great teammates to ever be able to accomplish the things necessary to be selected for an honor like this."
Cecil Burford made his mark on the baseball field as a standout pitcher for the Rebels. A two-time letterman from
In that run to
In his two years in a Rebel uniform, Burford helped the Rebels to a 40-18 record as Ole Miss burst onto the national scene.
"It was indeed very humbling and overwhelming to receive the telephone call that I had been selected for induction into the M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame," Burford said. "I was truly at a loss for words. It is a tremendous honor to be selected for induction. I feel very honored and humbled to be included in such a select group of outstanding men and women."
Everett Lindsay, who came to Ole Miss from Raleigh, N.C., earned four letters for the Rebels from 1989-1992 as he helped anchor the offensive line under then head coach Billy Brewer. Lindsay, a two-time All-SEC and All-America selection in 1991 and 1992, was named to the Ole Miss Team of the Century. During his career, he helped lead the Rebels back to the post-season as Ole Miss would play in the Liberty Bowl twice and make an appearance in the Gator Bowl in 1990 against
Following his senior season, Lindsay was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, sparking a career in professional football that lasted through the 2003 season. Lindsay was with the Vikings for two stints (1993-1998; 2001-03) and also posted stops in Baltimore (1998) and Cleveland (1999).
"It's a great honor to be one of the five individuals selected for induction to the M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame this season," said Lindsay. "I'm a little speechless and in awe. I don't really know that I could ever put into words what a feeling it is to know I have been selected for this honor."
Savante' Stringfellow set the pace for the Ole Miss track and field program during his four-year career with unprecedented success for the Red and Blue. A six-time All-America selection, Stringfellow, whose hometown was Jackson, did it all for the Rebels and head coach Joe Walker as he garnered national and international attention for the Ole Miss track and field program.
The school record holder in the long jump, Stringfellow leaped into the NCAA record books as he claimed three NCAA titles in the event. That success propelled him to a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and a silver medal in the long jump at the World Championships.
"I've accomplished quite a few things in my athletic career, but to be honored by Ole Miss in this way means a lot to me," Stringfellow said. "Ole Miss gave me my first shot out of high school. They took a chance on me. I've won medals before and never gotten emotional, but I got very emotional when I was called and told I was selected for induction into this year's Hall of Fame class. This means the most to me of all my athletic accomplishments."
Weathers helped the Rebels to wins over SEC foes
In his time on campus, Weathers was an active part of campus life, including serving as the president of the Black Student Union.
"I am truly humbled and awed by this entire event," Weathers said. "I never would have dreamed that the time I spent at the
After college, she teamed with Dorothy Vest in doubles and the late Slew Hester in mixed doubles for several
Shaw was elected to the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995. She has four children, including son John Shaw who played baseball at Ole Miss, and eight grandchildren.
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