Frank Wycheck, Rick Byrd and Kelly Holcomb are among newest members of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame following their formal induction Saturday.
Eight athletes and coaches, two posthumous honorees and a lifetime achievement award winner were recognized at the banquet at the Renaissance Hotel.
The complete 2013 class:
• Frank Wycheck: The former Tennessee Titans tight end led the team in receiving five straight seasons, including the first four after it relocated from Houston (1997-2000). He was a three-time Pro Bowler and the fourth tight end in NFL history with more than 500 career receptions.
• Rick Byrd: Belmont’s men’s basketball coach ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 637 career wins. He has guided the program’s transition from MAIA to NCAA Division I and five NCAA tournament appearances in the last seven years.
• Kelly Holcomb: A quarterback a Middle Tennessee State, he led the Blue Raiders to a 31-16 record, an Ohio Valley Conference championship and three NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. He then spent 13 seasons in the NFL.
• Trey Teague: During his four years as an offensive lineman at the University of Tennessee, the Volunteers won 40 games and in 1997 led the nation in total offense. He was a part of the Denver Broncos’ 1998 championship team during a four-year NFL career.
• Dr. Chris Jones: The basketball player was Carson Newman’s first All-American in any sport and the school’s first to score more than 2,000 points in his career. A professional career followed and he later helped bring an NBA franchise to Atlanta. He also coached at Carsson Newman in the early 1980s.
• Penny Hardaway: He was the third overall choice in the 1993 NBA draft out of Memphis who was a four-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA selection.
• Leonard Hamilton: He averaged 11.7 points per game, was named the most valuable player and the best defensive player at UT-Martin. He has been even more successful as a coach in a career that now covers more than 40 years. He currently is head coach at Florida State.
• Larry Seivers: He was a two-time All-American receiver at the University of Tennessee, where he was the program’s first player with more than 800 receiving yards in a season.
• Bob Bell: His broadcasting career began when he was 19 years old and lasted more than 50 years. Along the way he was a play-by-play host for UT football, a groundbreaking Nashville sports talk radio host and a Middle Tennessee sportscaster.
• Ermal Allen: A Morristown native, he played four sports (most notably he was quarterback of the football team) at the University of Kentucky in the 1940s. Following a one-year stint in pro football, he returned to UK as an assistant coach under Bear Bryant and later became an NFL assistant under Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys.
• John Ed Miller: He was captain of Vanderbilt’s first SEC champion basketball team (1965) following a standout career at Union City High School. His post-athletics career has included numerous charitable endeavors.