A pair of former Carolina stars are among the latest class to join the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Jason Brown of the UNC football team and Jerry Stackhouse of the men’s basketball team will be inducted into the hall on April 21 in Raleigh.
Brown, who hails from Henderson, North Carolina and attended Northern Vance High School, hasn’t missed a game for the Tar Heels in four seasons playing down the offensive line. He was named a first-team All-ACC in his senior season in 2004 and played 100 NFL games with the Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams. Although Brown is no longer in the league, he made headlines in retirement when he started “First Fruits Farm,” which relieves hunger for families in eastern North Carolina.
Born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, Jerry Stackhouse is one of the most recognizable names on several outstanding UNC men’s basketball teams in the 1990s. He played under coach -leader Dean Smith for two years, winning ACC Tournament MVP as a rookie in 1994. As a sophomore, Stackhouse helped lead the Tar Heels to the Final Four in 1995. That season, Stackhouse was named player the most remarkable in the Southeast. Regional, National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and first-team All-American. He was selected No. 3 overall in the 1995 NBA Draft and earned two All-Star selections while scoring over 16,000 points during his career. Stackhouse is currently Vanderbilt’s head coach.
“This year’s class joining the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame once again reflects the wide variety and rich sporting heritage the hall showcases for our state,” said Jerry McGee, chairman of the board. room administration. “This group and their collective accomplishments in specific areas, from great athletes to high-achieving coaches to special contributors, creates another exciting chapter for the room.”
According to UNC, Brown and Stackhouse are the 65th and 66th Hall of Famers with “direct ties” to the university as a player, coach, administrator or member of the media.
More information about the museum, including tickets for the induction ceremony, can be found here.
Featured image via Associated Press/Bob Jordan
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