Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Three New Members
The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame inducted three new members at its August 11, 2013, banquet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Morten Andersen, one of the top placekickers in the history of the National Football League and a longtime star with the New Orleans Saints; Rodney Holman, a star at Tulane and a longtime NFL standout; and Tony Reginelli, the legendary football coach from Isidore Newman High School, all joined the select membership, which now totals 211.
Sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame was created in 1971 and honors athletes who were born in New Orleans and achieved prominence in or away from the Greater New Orleans area; or, those non-natives who achieved sports prominence in the Greater New Orleans area in high school, college, professional or amateur sports. Plaques honoring the 211 members (through 2013) of the Hall of Fame are displayed at Gate G on the Club Level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Each year’s Hall of Fame class is selected by the Greater New Orleans Awards Selection Committee, a volunteer group which has met monthly to pay homage to outstanding achievements in athletics in the Greater New Orleans area for over five decades. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the committee recognizes an Amateur Athlete of the Month for the Greater New Orleans area and selects yearly winners for a variety of major awards, including the Eddie Robinson Award. The group also selects the Corbett Awards, presented annually to the most outstanding male and female collegiate athletes in the State of Louisiana. The Corbett Award was created in 1967 and named in honor of the late James J. Corbett to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the Sugar Bowl.
The Committee began in 1958 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 12 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, nominees must have excelled in the sports field in New Orleans or been born or raised in the city. Each year, the Committee evaluates nominees and selects the inductees.