TEXAS SPORTS HOF CLASS OF 2020 PRESENTED BY TEXAS FARM BUREAU INSURANCE NOW HELD ON 12/16/20 IN ARLINGTON AT TEXAS LIVE!
WACO, TX – The 2020 class will be honored on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Texas Live! In Arlington, TX. Banquet tickets are $200 each or $1,400 for a reserved table of eight. To purchase tickets, please call Krista Martin at the museum at 800-567-9561. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed as dictated by the State of Texas and the City of Arlington.
Michelle Carter: Carter began her career winning four shotput state championships at Red Oak High School. She went on to the University of Texas to become a 7-time All American, win 5 Big 12 titles and become the 2006 NCAA indoor champion. In 2016, she won a gold medal in shotput at the Rio de Janero Olympics. She was the first American female to win gold in the shot since 1948 and is the American record holder in the shot with a throw of 67’8” at the 2016 Olympics.
Shane Lechler: Lechler went to school at Texas A&M, where he became a two-time all-American punter and set an NCAA record with a career average of 44.7 yards and was on the 1997 All Big 12 Team. He played with the Houston Texans from 2013-2017 and was the NFL all-time record holder for career punting average and NFL’s 2000’s Team of the Decade Punter, as well as a six-time 1st team All Pro, seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
Justin Leonard: Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Justin Leonard made his PGA TOUR debut in 1994. A 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Leonard captured the Open Championship and the Players Championship, and was ranked in the top 10 of the official world golf ranking for 24 weeks in a one-year span. Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1998 and then again in 2008. He’s famous for making a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a comeback by the US Team on the final day. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Leonard was a two-time All-American, a winner of the 1992 U.S. Amateur and the 1994 Haskins award winner as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. He and his wife, Amanda, currently reside in Aspen, CO with their four children.
Francie Larrieu Smith: Larrieu Smith attended Cal State University in Long Beach and UCLA. Starting with the 1500-meter title in 1970, Larrieu established 36 U.S. records and 12 world bests in distances ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 meters. Francie was just the third female American athlete to make five Olympic teams. Larrieu served as the head men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown from 1999-2018.
Teresa Weatherspoon: A native from Pineland, Texas, Weatherspoon led Louisiana Tech to the 1988 NCAA women’s basketball title and brought home plenty of awards and titles. In 1997, she was drafted in the WNBA draft to the New York Liberty and retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists and steals. She won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics. Today, Teresa is an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans.