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Former Vols To Enter Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame

Two former Vols stars are part of the class that enter the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 27. Bill Emendorfer and Herman Weaver along with former baseball assistant coach Larry Simcox will be enshrined. 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the full story: Local Sports Hall Adding 22.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. banquet cost $35 and are available through Hall of Fame president John Farr at 423-875-9282.

Here's more on the former Vols: 

Emendorfer was the state heavyweight wrestling champion in 1968 and the runner-up the next year, after a senior football season in which he was captain of Cleveland's first state-title team and second undefeated squad in a row. A two-way lineman, he was the player of the year in East Tennessee and listed among the top 10 high school All-Americans, and he went on to UT and was the runner-up for Southeastern Conference freshman of the year and then started every game for Vols teams that went 31-5 (best in the country for those three years) with three bowl wins and three top-10 finishes. He was a first-team All-SEC guard and received All-America honorable mention as a senior.

Weaver, nicknamed "Thunderfoot," had an 11-year NFL career with the Lions and Seahawks and made two Pro Bowl appearances. Moving to the Chattanooga area as an adult, he was a high school football coach at Notre Dame and Chattanooga Valley and for years has been involved in sports ministry. An all-around athlete, he was an all-state tight end and all-state basketball player for Villa Rica (Ga.) High School before becoming an All-America punter for UT.

Simcox starred at East Ridge High School and Cleveland State Community College before becoming an All-SEC shortstop with Ole Miss and being drafted by the Houston Astros. He made it to the Southern League as a player but had what became a career-ending knee injury in May 1983, and then he spent two decades as an assistant coach at Ole Miss and Tennessee. He was with two Vols teams that finished third in the College World Series.