published Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Ex-Moc Vincent Robinson in Jackson County's first hall of fame class

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball player Vincent Robinson is going into the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame along with Alabama All-America and national champion quarterback Pat Trammell from Scottsboro, Georgia football hall of famer Robert "Bigfoot" Clemens, 1,116-win harness racer Sanders Russell from Stevenson and 11 others.

Announced this past Saturday, they will be inducted at a banquet in Scottsboro on Nov. 1.

Robinson was an Alabama Mr. Basketball, an all-state football player and an all-county baseball standout at Bridgeport High School in the mid-1980s, and he had eight double-doubles in two seasons at UTC after transferring from Memphis State. He averaged 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 points a game in 55 games as a Moc, with 16 starts, and had 20 rebounds with 17 points in a home win over Tennessee State on Dec. 29, 1988. He had 15 games with double-digit rebounds.

Other inductees include another Alabama national champion quarterback, Don Jacobs from Scottsboro, and Crimson Tide tackle Ray Maxwell from Pisgah; three-time Auburn All-SEC basketball player Wallace Tinker from Pisgah; Auburn defensive back and punt returner Don Webb; 43-time state champion Scottsboro cross country and track coach John Esslinger; former Scottsboro football coaches John Meadows and Larry Morris; and state champion basketball coaches Mickey "Guy" O'Brien, Paul Cooley, C.B. "Red" Strickland and Q.K. "Dusty" Carter.

Clemens played football and basketball at the old Jackson County High School and then was the leading rusher in 1952 and 1953 at Georgia and played in 1955 for the Green Bay Packers before coaching a city champion high school basketball team in Atlanta.

Russell, who was born in 1900, went to Jackson County High and played baseball and tennis at Auburn. He earned his first harness-race win in 1915 and went on to 531 second places and 503 thirds in addition to his 1,000-plus victories that included more than 20 major stakes wins. His total winnings exceeded $2 million, and he was inducted into the Alabama State Hall of Fame in 1971.

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