Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame picks 2013 class

By David Brandt/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2013 on Wednesday, which is led by four-time NFL Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles and NBA guard Gerald Glass.

Giles grew up in Greenville, Miss., and said he has lots of fond memories in Mississippi going all the way back his days at Greenville High School, when he helped lead the school to the 1972 state championship.

“I told my wife you might have to pinch me to make sure I’m still ticking because this is a dream for me,” Giles said. “I’m truly excited about (being in the Hall of Fame).”

He played baseball and football at Alcorn State under coach Marino Casem and was named All-Southwestern Conference in both sports in 1975 and 1976.

Giles, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end, had a 13-year NFL career with the Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. All four of his Pro Bowl appearances came with the Buccaneers. Giles still lives in Tampa, Fla., where he is retired but remains involved with the Bucs’ organization.

Glass was a basketball standout basketball player at Delta State and Mississippi before playing in the NBA for four seasons — mostly for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons. At Ole Miss, he averaged 26.1 points per game over two seasons from 1988 to 1990.

Glass also played basketball overseas after his time in the NBA, but has since returned to Mississippi, where he’s the basketball coach at Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood. He led Amanda Elzy to the state title in 2012.

“This is indeed the highest honor of my career,” Glass said. “I’ve been drafted, played overseas and done a lot of things, but this is the highest honor and I’m grateful for that.”

Others inducted into the six-person class are Bill Buckner, Langston Rogers, Earnest Larry “Doc” Harrington and Michael Rubenstein.

Buckner, who was born in Starkville and raised in Madison, was a quarterback at East Mississippi Community College, Delta State and Mississippi State. He was named a two-time Little All-American at Delta State and a two-time All-American at East Mississippi CC.

Harrington was a longtime athletic trainer and tennis coach at Southern Miss. He also served as a trainer for the Senior Bowl and U.S. Olympic Teams.

Rogers, who is from Calhoun City, spent more than 45 years as the sports information director for Delta State and Mississippi.

Rubenstein, who has been nominated posthumously, was a popular television anchor in Jackson and one of the founders of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His hometown was Booneville, Miss.

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