GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Former Florida soccer participant and Gator Nice James Jones, together with previous UF golfer Fred Ridley, have been inducted into the 2022 Florida Sports activities Corridor of Fame final Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The 2 have been a part of a 2-member class that represents careers spanning from 1979 to present and throughout seven totally different sports activities – baseball, bowling, fishing, soccer, golf and velocity skating along with sports activities broadcasting. Celebrating its 61st 12 months, The Florida Sports activities Corridor of Fame was began by the Florida Sports activities Writers and Sportscasters Affiliation to acknowledge and honor Florida’s biggest sports activities figures and occasions and leverage this collective superstar to advertise health consciousness, schooling and sports activities actions among the many state’s youth and adults.
Jones performed fullback for Florida from 1979-1982. Throughout his sophomore season in 1980, Jones was a member of the Gators workforce that poste the most important one-year turnaround within the historical past of NCAA Division I soccer, from 0-10-1 to 8-4 and a Tangerine Bowl look. Jones was a workforce captain and first workforce All-SEC in his junior and senior years, whereas main the workforce in dashing from 19080-1982. He was inducted into the College of Florida Corridor of Fame in 1998, and completed his Gator profession with 2,026 dashing yards, 593 receiving yards, and 48 passing yards.
A notable title within the golf group, Ridley was a member of the Florida males’s golf workforce and was an alternate in the course of the Gators 1973 Nationwide Championship. In 1975, Ridley received the U.S. Beginner, the preeminent novice golf event in america. By the top of the 12 months, he was ranked the No. 2 novice within the nation by Golf Digest. Ridley received the Monroe Invitational and competed within the 1976 British Open, and is the final U.S. Beginner champion to have by no means turned skilled. In 2004, Ridley was elected president of america Golf Affiliation (USGA), and has been the chairman of Augusta Nationwide since 2017.
“This class represents a number of the most spectacular accomplishments attainable: a Tremendous Bowl MVP, a Stanley Cup Champion, an Olympic gold-medal coach, a World Collection champion who can be a five-time All-Star, and a Guinness World Report holder,” Florida Sports activities Corridor of Fame Chairman and President Rick Hatcher stated.
The Florida Sports activities Corridor of Fame 2022 Class
Rick Ankiel – Baseball
Leiza Fitsgeral – Angler
Luis Gonzalez – Baseball
Renee Hildebrand – Pace Skating Coach
Dexter Jackson – Soccer
James Jones – Soccer
Vincent “Vinny” Lecavalier – Hockey
Chris Nikic – Particular Olympics Athlete
Pam Oliver – Sports activities Broadcaster
Fred Ridley – Golf
Barry Smith – Soccer
Lisa Wagner – Bowling