A pair of 1,000-point scorers from Creighton basketball and 10-year NFL veteran Ralph Brown highlight the 15-person induction class for this year’s Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame.
They will be honored at a dinner on Aug. 3. Retired Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne will be the keynote speaker.
John C. Johnson from Omaha Central is still 12th on CU’s career scoring chart with 1,526 points. Daryl Stovall from Bellevue West, who was taken in the NBA and MLB drafts, finished with 1,115 points.
Both made second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference, Johnson in 1979 and Stovall three years later.
Brown came from California to start all 52 NU games in his four years. The defensive back went on to play for four teams in the NFL between 2000 and 2009.
Another NFL alum being honored is Kenton Keith from Omaha Benson, who ran for more than 500 yards in his one season with the Indianapolis Colts.
Leodis Flowers from Central and Richie Ross from Lincoln High were World-Herald athletes of the year, with Ross garnering the newspaper’s award for state-college excellence in 2006.
Also entering the hall are Carri Butler-Collins from Omaha Northwest, Victor Jordan and Rudy Ross from Omaha Tech, Clarence Jones and Edward Hubbard from Omaha South, Galen Gullie from Omaha Bryan, Leah Turner and boxer Sharman Wright from Omaha North and Willie Vinson from Omaha Burke.
Flip through the photo gallery below for more on each of the 2017 inductees to the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame.
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Ralph Brown, Nebraska, 1999: Started at defensive back all 52 games of his Husker career, which included the 1997 national championship. The All-American graduated with school records for pass breakups in a game, season and career and had 11 interceptions. Played 10 seasons in the NFL.
Carri Butler-Collins, Omaha Northwest, 1994: She blossomed as a sprinter in college at UNO, where she is in its athletic hall of fame. She was an All-American 16 times, a conference champion 16 times and a school record-breaker 10 times. In 1995, she was named outstanding athlete at the North Central Conference outdoor meet. She had three second-place finishes and three third-place finishes in outdoor and indoor nationals.
Leodis Flowers, Omaha Central, 1986: The World-Herald’s Nebraska high school athlete of the year in 1986 as a junior, he was a two-time All-Nebraska running back, a Parade All-American and one of eight finalists for the Gatorade National Player of the Year after rushing for 1,200 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns in seven games in his senior year. At Nebraska, he rushed for more than 1,600 yards in three years.
Galen Gullie, Omaha Bryan, 2011: The All-Nebraska point guard was a three-year starter in basketball. In football, he shifted from receiver to quarterback and threw for 1,694 yards and 11 touchdowns. Was a three-year basketball starter at Midland, receiving NAIA All-America honorable mention.
Edward Hubbard, Omaha South, 1956: The All-Intercity and All-Nebraska basketball player was the gold medalist in the 440-yard dash as a senior and won Class A the year before. Was a four-year contributor in basketball for Creighton between 1957 and 1962 (taking off one year from school) after first enrolling at Iowa for basketball and track.
John C. Johnson, Omaha Central, 1975: The All-Nebraska basketball player also was All-Metro and Class A all-state as a junior, starting on the Eagles’ back-to-back state title teams. At Creighton, where he’s in the athletic hall of fame, he’s 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,526 points in 105 games.
Clarence Jones, Omaha South, 1952: A standout lineman who received all-state honors was also the Packers’ leading scorer in basketball while earning All-Intercity mention. Was the first black person to accept a Creighton athletic scholarship and played basketball on the freshman team. While in the Air Force, he made the All-Europe football team in 1961 and was judo champion of Spain and Morocco.
Victor Jordan, Omaha Tech, 1979: The 6-foot-4 forward was All-Metro and second-team All-Nebraska, averaging 17 points a game, as a senior for coach Gene Haynes. Played at Southeastern Community College in Iowa.
Kenton Keith, Omaha Benson, 1998: A two-time all-star in the Canadian Football League, the running back also played in the NFL in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts and ran for 533 yards and four touchdowns. Benson’s career rushing leader was All-Nebraska in 1997 and signed with New Mexico State, leading the nation in per-carry average as a junior.
Richie Ross, Lincoln High, 2000: The World-Herald’s Nebraska athlete of the year in 2000 was the only athlete to make the All-Nebraska first team in football and boys basketball, then won the all-class gold medal in the triple jump. Signed with South Dakota for basketball, but transferred to UNK for what was an NCAA Division II All-America career with 50 touchdown receptions. Made it to the Tennessee Titans practice squad but injuries cut short his NFL career.
Rudy Ross, Omaha Tech, 1965: He was Midland’s first NAIA All-America wrestler by placing fourth at nationals in 1967. He earned four all-conference honors and wrestled at nationals all four years. Also was an all-state college linebacker for the Warriors. Played both sports at Tech.
Daryl Stovall, Bellevue West, 1978: The 1,000-point scorer in basketball, who made the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team in 1982, also was a three-year letterman in baseball at Creighton. Drafted in the NBA by San Diego and in pro baseball by the Chicago White Sox, with Stovall playing a year in their farm system. At West, he was All-Nebraska in basketball and two-time All-Metro in baseball.
Leah Turner, Omaha North, 1993: All-Nebraska in girls basketball as a senior, she averaged 13.9 points and 9.6 rebounds. The year before, her 43 points against Bellevue West broke Maurtice Ivy’s single-game Class A scoring record. Played college ball at Howard and Langston (Oklahoma).
Willie Vinson, Omaha Burke, 1982: Still holds the state electronic-time record of 10.39 seconds in the boys 100 meters, from finishing second at the 1982 Kansas Relays. Was the gold medalist in the 100 and 200 that year. In age-group track, it’s said he broke a record in the 50-yard dash belonging to Jesse Owens.
Sharman Wright, Omaha North, 1986: Being honored for boxing, he won three Omaha Golden Gloves titles (1983 to 1985) and was Midwest Gloves champion at 141 pounds in 1985. A knee injury from an auto accident in 1987 hindered his career.