Wednesday July 15, 2009
ATLANTA – Heisman Trophy runner-up Joe Hamilton and Olympic hurdler Angelo Taylor highlight the 2009 class that has been elected to join the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. The class also includes football All-America Craig Page, baseball All-Americans J.J. Thomas and Kris Wilson, and student trainer Clay Farr.
The group of five former student-athletes and Farr will be inducted on Friday, Nov. 6 at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and can be purchased through the Alexander-Tharpe Fund at 404-894-6124. They will also be honored during Tech’s football game with Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 7.
“We are pleased and excited to announce this class joining the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame,” said Tech director of athletics Dan Radakovich. “Joe Hamilton and Craig Page were cornerstones of the revitalization of Tech football in the latter part of the 1990s, while Angelo Taylor has brought great recognition to Tech with his success in the Olympics. J.J. and Kris were instrumental in keeping our baseball program among the best in the nation. And all these student-athletes know how committed and dedicated Clay Farr was, and continues to be, to the welfare of all our student-athletes. We’re proud that they will become members of our Hall of Fame.”
Hamilton and Page were members of Georgia Tech teams that began the Yellow Jackets current string of 12 straight bowl appearances and led the Yellow Jackets to a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1998. Hamilton’s teams won 30 games and played in four bowl games.
Taylor has become one of the most accomplished track athletes on the world stage of any that has competed at Tech, winning three Olympic Gold medals and three World Championship gold medals.
Thomas and Wilson enrolled at Tech immediately after the Yellow Jackets’ 1994 run to the College World Series championship game, following a team that lost All-Americans Jason Varitek, Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton. But they continues Tech’s legacy of success, leading the Jackets to the NCAA Tournament in each of their seasons on the Flats and 124 victories.