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Elected in 1996 … 1949 Pearl River H.S. graduate … first player chosen in 1953 National Football League draft, taken by the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he played until injuries forced him to retire in 1956 … while at Pearl River, made second-team All-County as a single-wing blocking back in football, and also was All-County as a basketball forward and baseball catcher … at the University of Georgia, he was converted to offensive end and made All-Southeastern Conference in 1951, leading the circuit with 41 receptions for 666 yards … was a three-year starter at that position, breaking the school records for receiving yardage and receptions … he scored the winning touchdown for the East in the 1952 East-West Shrine Game … also batted .323 as cleanup hitter for the Georgia baseball team in 1951… he was an All-SEC center fielder that year.