Four A-State Greats Set to Enter Hall of Honor
JONESBORO, Ark. (9/28/16) – The Arkansas State Lettermen’s Club will induct four new members into the A-State Hall of Honor during its annual banquet Friday, Oct. 28, at the Woodard McAlister Family Club inside the Johnny Allison Tower of Centennial Bank Stadium.
Former A-State men’s track and field standout Harold Blood, former NFL star Tyrell Johnson, former football all-conference performer Terry Whiting and Olympian Kellie Suttle have been selected as the 2016 inductees.
The Hall of Honor Banquet is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Red Wolves Foundation at 870-972-2401. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social gathering, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.
Tables seating eight people are available for $400, while single tickets cost $50. Access to the Woodard McAlister Family Club can be gained by entering the main gate (west side) of Centennial Bank Stadium and taking the elevators to level two.
Blood, a three-year letterman from 1988-90, holds two school records to date. He ran 800-meters outdoors in 1:49.03 to establish the top mark in program history and was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay that holds a school-record time of 3:07.22. He ranks third on the all-time performance list indoors with an 800-meter time of 1:50.17.
A Stuttgart, Ark., native, Blood was a six-time all-conference (American South) performer, earning five of the six honors in the 800-meter run. He helped A-State to the American South Conference Indoor Championships in 1989 and 1990 while the team claimed the outdoor championship in 1989. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and now resides in Destrehan, La.
Johnson, named a starter on A-State’s All-Centennial Football Team, earned All-Sun Belt Conference recognition at his safety position every year of his career from 2004-07. He is one of three A-State players to ever be named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, receiving the recognition as a senior in 2007.
The Rison, Ark., native was named to the Sun Belt Conference 10-Year Anniversary Team in 2010. Johnson posted a career-best 25 tackles against North Texas in 2005 for the second most single-game stops in school history. Following his time at A-State, Johnson was a second-round NFL Draft selection by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information technology, and he now lives in Little Rock, Ark.
Suttle, a three-year letterwinner from 1994-96, ranks fifth all-time at A-State with an outdoor pole vault of 3.98m (13-00.75). A two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), she won the silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and the silver at the 2001 World Indoor Championships.
With women’s pole vaulting emerging as an official International Track and Field/Olympic event in 1995, Suttle has been a pioneer in the sport and became the second woman in United States history to clear 15 feet in 2001. She accomplished a personal best of 15’4/4.67m in 2004. Originally from St. Peters, Mo., Suttle earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and now resides in Wailea, Hawaii.
Whiting, a Gillett, Ark., native, joined Johnson as a starter on the Arkansas State All-Centennial Team, announced during the 2014 season, as a return specialist. A four-year letterman from 1968-71, Whiting holds the school records for punt return yards in a game (147) and career (748).
Also a defensive back, Whiting was named All-Southland Conference as both a junior and senior. He recorded 16 career interceptions, which still rank as the third most in school history. Whiting earned his bachelor’s degree in general business and now lives Tichnor, Ark.