Hand out photo courtesy of the University of Texas Athletics Department of Randy McEachern and coach Fred Akers. Received 09/25/07.

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Texas Sports Hall of Fame to induct T.J. Ford, Fred Akers tonight

Posted February 2nd, 2016

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One of the greatest point guards to ever play at Texas, and the last star to lead the Longhorns to the Final Four, will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame tonight in Waco.

3/30/03 Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN; NCAA South Region Finals-San Antonio, TX.-- Texas'  T.J. Ford goes hard to the basket for two of his game high 19 points as he drives past Michigan State's Chriss Hill in taking charge of the game to help Texas secure a final four berth with a victory over Michigan State 85-76   during the NCAA South Regional FInals Sunday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. March 30, 2003.
3/30/03 Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN; NCAA South Region Finals-San Antonio, TX.– Texas’ T.J. Ford goes hard to the basket for two of his game high 19 points as he drives past Michigan State’s Chris Hill in taking charge of the game to help Texas secure a final four berth with a victory over Michigan State 85-76 during the NCAA South Regional Finals Sunday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. March 30, 2003.

T.J. Ford, who led the Longhorns to the 2003 NCAA Final Four and was a consensus first-team All-American his sophomore season, will join former Texas football coach Fred Akers as two of this year’s inductees.

Ford’s NBA career was stalled due to injuries, but when he played in the Lone Star state as a collegian and high school player, he was sensational. He won the Naismith and Wooden awards in 2003. During his high school career Ford led Houston Willowridge High School to a 75-1 record in two seasons, including a 62-game winning streak.

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Ford was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2013.

Akers was the head coach of Texas from 1977 to 1986 and went 86-31-2 at the helm of the Longhorns. Akers spent 19 years on staff at Texas, serving as an assistant to Darrell Royal from 1966 to 1974.

Ford and Akers join former Dallas Cowboy, and NFL Hall of Famer, Larry Allen, RRCA World Champion rodeo star Trevor Brazile, former All-Pro football player Ken Gray, Texas A&M football standout Jacob Green, World Series championship pitcher Andy Pettitte and former Negro League pitcher “Smokey” Joe Williams as this year’s inductees.

The ceremony will take place at the Waco Convention Center at 6 p.m.

 

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