Reggie Cobb, Heath Shuler among 10 to join Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

Tennessee's Reggie Cobb, a former Knoxville Central star, runs during the Vols' 20-20 come-from-behind tie against Auburn in 1987. Uniforms that season dropped stripes from the sleeves.

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Tennessee's Reggie Cobb, a former Knoxville Central star, runs during the Vols' 20-20 come-from-behind tie against Auburn in 1987. Uniforms that season dropped stripes from the sleeves.

A running back who rushed from Central High through the University of Tennessee all the way to the NFL and two other former Vols highlight the Class of 2011 for the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

Reggie Cobb, Heath Shuler and Scott Galyon are among the 10 inductees who will be honored July 28 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Bernard King, widely considered the greatest men's basketball player in UT history, will be the featured speaker at the induction banquet, which raises funds to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

As for the inductees:

Reggie Cobb: The former Central/UT running back rushed for 3,743 yards and scored 27 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons, four with Tampa Bay.

Cobb, a scout for the San Francisco 49ers, ranks 10th all-time at UT with 2,360 rushing yards.

Heath Shuler: The former UT quarterback was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1993 and a Davey O'Brien Award finalist that year. He ranks eighth all-time in total offense at UT (4,472 yards) and eighth in career passing (4,088 yards).

He's the U.S. representative for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

Scott Galyon: The former UT linebacker, who's from Seymour, led the Vols in total tackles in 1994 and '95. He played four seasons for NFL's New York Giants and was voted the team's special teams player of the year for his second season.

Galyon, who works for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, played three seasons with Miami.

Jim Bemiller: The assistant professor at UT coached the pole vault at the school from 1986-2005. He coached 2004 Olympic pole vault champion Tim Mack. Bemiller also coached Randy Jenkins, who won three NCAA championships in the high jump at UT.

Jim Smelcher: He played tackle for Tennessee (1954-57) and played in two bowl games. After coaching in Georgia and middle Tennessee, he coached at Bearden High (1964-73). In 2010, the school named its new athletic complex after him.

Ben Martin: He was a coach and athletic director at Oak Ridge High from 1943-71. During his tenure, the school won 14 boys' state championships. He coached the track and field team to seven of those championships. The school's track facility is named after him. The late Martin was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame in 2010.

Elizabeth Henderson: The former UT-Chattanooga tennis star was a three-time national champion in singles in the AIAW small college division. She won a state title in doubles and singles at Webb School. She was Tennessee's women's tennis coach from 1984-87.

Donna Fielden: The assistant principal at West High was the first woman to officiate the TSSAA boys' state championship (1994). She has been an NCAA Division I official for women's basketball games in the Ohio Valley, Big South, Sun Belt and Southern conferences.

Bill Redding: The former News Sentinel human resources director once directed the Tennessee Golf Association and was the founder of the Greater Knoxville Amateur Golf Championship. He qualified for match play in the 1996 USGA Senior Amateur and reached the Sweet 16. He died in 1997.

Edward Poore: The East High basketball player earned a full scholarship to Florida and lettered for two seasons before graduating in 1967. He played with former Gators star Neal Walk and was on a Florida team that went 21-4.

Dan Fleser covers Lady Vols basketball. He may be reached at 865-342-6288. Follow him at and

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Comments » 5

Dalton writes:

Glad that Reggie's legacy won't be the repeated drug test failures that ended his Vol career...he's represented himself and UT well since then and truly deserves this honor...Heath Shuler started the modern star QB tradition here with all due respect to Tony Robinson, Jeff Francis and Andy Kelly if for nothing more than being evaluated as a pro prospect...we know how that turned out...but without the headlines and attention does Peyton choose us over Ole Miss or FLORIDA?....I enjoyed the careers of both and was able to legally drink my way through the losses to Bama during the latters CHEERS!

RoadTrip writes:

As a fellow Seymourite we are all proud of the man and career of Scott Galyon. A much deserved honor!

TheVolMan writes:

Congratulations to two great Vols. We are proud of you. And, anyone writing in to complain about either man is a complete idiot and half-hearted Vol fan. Still, I assume some idiots will have to spew their ignorance. We'll see.

MusicCityVol writes:

Great honors for these former Vols and all the other inductees as well! Congrats. Did you hear what another former Vol did over the weekend? Willie Gault broke the over 50 world record in the 100 and 200 meters.


Volalumni writes:

So excited for all of this year's inductees! As for Scott Galyon, I do want to say that he played 7 years in the NFL. Four of those years were with the NY Giants, but his last three were with the Miami Dolphins. His greatest accomplishments, though, are his dedication to his family and his faith.

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