With the 4 new members, the Kansas Sports activities Corridor of Fame now consists of 55 representatives with ties to Ok-State, whereas the 2020 induction class of 10 raises the overall general variety of inductees into the corridor of fame to 309.
Nelson, a local of Leonardville, Kansas, was a large receiver for Ok-State from 2005-07 and was a consensus All-American choice and a Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2007. He set single-game college information for receptions with 15 and receiving yards with 214. He additionally tabulated the single-season receiving yards report with 1,606 and season yards per recreation with 133.8.
On the conclusion of his standout profession with the Wildcats, Nelson was drafted within the second spherical of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Inexperienced Bay Packers and proceeded to play 11 seasons within the NFL with the Packers and Oakland Raiders. Nelson accomplished his NFL profession with 613 receptions, 8,587 yards, 72
landing receptions and a 2014 Professional Bowl choice. He was a key part of the Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Tremendous XLV in 2010 by ending the sport with 9 catches for 140 yards and a landing.
Nelson was inducted into the Ok-State Ring of Honor in 2015 and will likely be inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2020.
Throughout his highschool profession at Riley County, Nelson was a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and monitor. He was an all-state basketball choice in 2003 and led the Falcons to state match appearances in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He captured 5 state monitor championships: 400-meter in 2002; 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and lengthy leap in 2003.
Newman, a product of Salina, Kansas, was a four-year letter winner for Ok-State soccer and a three-time letter winner for Ok-State monitor and subject from 1999-02. Newman was a two-time All-Massive 12 Convention choice (first staff in 2002 and second staff in 2001) on the gridiron.
In a dominant 2002 season, Newman was named a consensus All-American, collected the Thorpe Award because the nation’s prime collegiate defensive again and was the Massive 12 Defensive Participant of the 12 months.
On the monitor, Newman was a three-time All-American, the 2002 Massive 12 Indoor Performer of the 12 months and three-time Massive 12 Convention champion.
On the conclusion of his collegiate profession, Newman was drafted fifth general within the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys starting a 15-year NFL profession with stops with the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings.
Newman accomplished his skilled profession with 42 interceptions, 183 passes defended, 11 fumble recoveries and 879 mixed tackles. He was a two-time Professional Bowl choice in 2007 and 2009.
Newman was inducted into the Ok-State Ring of Honor in 2008, was inducted to the Ok-State Athletics Corridor of Fame in 2018 and the Salina Central Corridor of Fame in 2019.
Throughout his time at Salina Central Excessive College, Newman was a stellar four-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, monitor and baseball. He was an all-state choice in soccer in 1997 and a three-time state champion in monitor in 1998 in 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter.
Sproles, a product of Olathe, Kansas, was arguably essentially the most electrifying working again in Ok-State historical past as he was a four-year letter winner from 2001-04. Sproles was an All-American in 2003 and a three-time All-Massive 12 Convention choice from 2002-04.
In 2003, Sproles completed fifth for the Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Doak Walker award whereas serving to the Wildcats to the 2003 Massive 12 title and a 2004 Fiesta Bowl look.
On the conclusion of his profession, Sproles owned the college information for single recreation speeding makes an attempt with 43, single recreation speeding yardage with 292, single season speeding yardage with 1,986, profession
speeding makes an attempt with 815, and profession speeding yardage with 4,979. Led NCAA in all-purpose yards per recreation in 2004 with 187.91.
Following his time in Manhattan, Sproles was drafted within the fourth spherical of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Sproles concluded a 14-year NFL profession following the 2019 season which included stints with the Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.
Sproles ended his profession as a three-time Professional Bowl choice in 2014, 2015, and 2016. His profession skilled totals included: 3,552 speeding yards, 23 speeding touchdowns, 4,840 receiving yards, 32 receiving touchdowns, seven punt return touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns. He ranks fifth in profession all-purpose yards with 19,696 yards.
Throughout his time at Olathe North Excessive College, Sproles was a two-sport athlete in soccer and monitor. He was a two-time all-state choice in soccer in 1999 and 2000.
Sproles was inducted to the Ok-State soccer Ring of Honor in 2015.
Fritz a local of Gypsum, Kansas, was a two-sport letter winner at Ok-State competing in monitor & subject and males’s basketball. In monitor & subject, Fritz was a two-time All-American decathlete in 1989 and 1990 and picked up a pair of Massive Eight Convention titles. Earlier than concluding his collegiate profession, Fritz set the Ok-State college report for factors within the decathlon.
Fritz additionally represented the USA on 10 nationwide groups within the decathlon. In 1996, Fritz reached the head of his profession by ending fourth within the decathlon on the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Previous to becoming a member of Ok-State, Fritz was a two-sport athlete at Hutchinson Group Faculty in basketball and monitor. He led Blue Dragons to an NJCAA basketball title in 1988. Individually, Fritz received the 1988 NJCAA Nationwide title within the decathlon. On the conclusion of his time in Hutchinson, he had set the HCC college report in factors in decathlon.
In his prep profession at Southeast of Saline, he was a three-time state monitor champion: 1985 excessive leap, 1986 110-meter hurdles and 1986 300-meter hurdles.
In his skilled profession, Fritz served as an assistant monitor coach at Ok-State for over 20 years. After departing Ok-State, he has served as a highschool basketball and monitor coach at Riley County and Wamego Excessive College.
Fritz was inducted to the Ok-State Athletics Corridor of Fame in 2000 and the Hutchinson Group Faculty Quarterback Membership in 2012.
The Ok-State honorees are joined within the induction Class of 2020 by former Olympian and five-time NCAA monitor & subject All-American Kym Carter Begel (Wichita), three-time baseball All-American and former MLB veteran Casey Blake (Indianola, Iowa), five-time NCAA monitor & subject nationwide champion Heather Leverington Dotterer (Rosalia), Kansas basketball All-American and NBA veteran Drew Gooden (El Cerrito, California), two-time All-Massive East basketball choice and NBA veteran Adrian Griffin (Wichita) and 1964 Olympic bronce medalist and champion skeet shooter Invoice Morris (Russell),.
Tickets to the Kansas Sports activities Corridor of Fame Induction Ceremony could also be bought starting on August 1, 2020, on-line at kshof.org, or by calling 316-262-2038.
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