Beck spotlights Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame class
Corey Beck, a guard for the 1994 national championship team at the University of Arkansas, leads a 10-member class that will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in April .
Beck is joined by football players Barry Foster, Matt Jones and Brad Taylor, track and field star Tyson Gay, athlete Basil Shabazz, baseball player Delores “Dolly” Brumfield White and coaches Paul Blair, Tommy Brasher and Tommy Tice.
The class will be honored April 8 at the 64th Annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Beck, 50, played with the Razorbacks in 1992-95 and ranks third in single-season assists (207 in 1994-95) and career assists (483). After making the national championship team at Arkansas in 1994 and the runner-up team in 1995, Beck went on to play in the NBA for the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.
Foster, 53, helped lead the Razorbacks to back-to-back Southwest Conference championships in 1988 and 1989 as he rushed for 1,977 yards and 19 touchdowns at Arkansas, placing him sixth on the school’s all-time rushing yards list. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft and played in two Pro Bowls.
Gay, 39, was Arkansas’ first NCAA 100-meter champion, setting a school record of 10.06 seconds in 2003 and helping lead the Razorbacks to a national championship. He participated in three Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) and was a four-time United States champion in the 100 meters.
Jones, 38, of Van Buren, was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Razorbacks (2002-04), leading the Razorbacks to two straight nine-win seasons and earning a second-team nod All-SEC in 2003. Jones was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and moved to wide receiver, recording 166 catches for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons. He also played for the college basketball team.
Shabazz, 50, was a USA Today High School All-American and the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year at Pine Bluff High School. He participated in four sports with the Zebras – football, baseball, basketball and track and field – and had his best football season in 1990 with 1,596 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Taylor, 59, was a four-year quarterback for the Razorbacks for coaches Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield in 1981-84. He finished his career with 4,802 yards and 23 touchdowns, two marks that are still ranked in the top 15 in the school record books.
Blair, who died at age 57 in 2006 from prostate cancer, was the head coach and owner of the Arkansas Dolphins swim team and was also the associate head coach of the women’s swim program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He coached thousands of swimmers at all levels and went on to coach 25 World Ranked Swimmers, 25 Age Group Champions, 6 Olympic Swimmers and an Olympic Gold Medalist.
Brasher, 81, of El Dorado, was linebacker for the Razorbacks in 1961-63. He then coached at the high school, college and professional levels, becoming a defensive line coach for six NFL teams (New England, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Kansas City).
Tice, 69, posted a record of 289-160-6 in 42 seasons at Huntsville and Harrison high schools and is currently the third-winningest coach in state history. During his career, Tice won one state championship and 13 conference championships while reaching the state semifinals six times.
Brumfield White, who died at 88 in 2020, played seven years in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, which was the basis for the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.” She then worked as a teacher and coach for 40 years and was inducted into Henderson State University’s Reddie Hall of Honor in 1998.
Tickets for the induction banquet are available at arksportshalloffame.com. Individual tickets are $150 and a table of 10 is $1,500.