In football, they say, offense sells tickets and defense wins championships.
Defense also leads to induction in the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2012 class includes a variety of athletes, coaches, administrators and one official. There is a common denominator among three of the members headed for induction this summer:
They played defense in Neyland Stadium.
Terry McDaniel and Charlie Severance got their licks in the secondary — including a famous one by Severance in 1959. Todd Kelly made life miserable for quarterbacks as a pass-rushing defensive end.
The 2012 class is well rounded, from long-tenured Belmont University basketball coach Rick Byrd to football official Rocky Goode to broadcaster Glenn McNish.
Diving coach Dave Parrington lends an international flavor and golfer Mimsy Fleming sank enough birdies to elbow her way into the class with nine men.
The induction dinner is Aug. 23 at Knoxville Convention Center.
A quick look at the Class of 2012:
Glenn McNish: Who broadcast the first Lady Vols basketball game? It was Lenoir City radio legend McNish.
McNish is best known as the voice of Lenoir City High School. In 39 years at WLIL, he has broadcast more than 1,400 LCHS basketball games and 414 football games.
Charles "Bud" Lobetti: A track and football star at Knoxville High School, the Class of '58 grad went on to a college track scholarship, first at Tennessee then at ETSU.
Lobetti also played football
at ETSU before an injury ended his career.
Bob Black: A Fulton High School multisport star, Black coached football at his alma mater for 47 years and served as athletic director for 31.
He's also been the chain-crew supervisor at Neyland Stadium since 1967.
Mimsy Fleming: The Blount County product played several sports, but her claim to fame is golf.
She won the KAWGA title seven times and has been a finalist five more. In 2010 she won the Tennessee State Four Ball Championship.
Charlie Severance: A multisport star at Central High School, Severance continued to be versatile as an adult.
He played defensive back at UT in 1959-60, and later was an avid hunter, a tournament-winning golfer and slow-pitch softball player.
His signature moment was helping stop Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon on a two-point conversion try as the Vols upset No. 1 LSU.
Terry McDaniel: One of the best defensive backs in UT history, the Michigan native earned five trips to the Pro Bowl with the Oakland Raiders.
Making Knoxville his home, McDaniel is devoted to the Children of God Ministries.
Rick Byrd: The Doyle High School grad attended UT then launched a coaching career in college basketball.
After brief stops at Maryville College and Lincoln Memorial, Byrd settled in at Belmont University and 26 years later is still there. He's coached 637 victories with no end in sight.
Todd Kelly: An All-SEC defensive end at Tennessee (1989-92), Kelly played with three NFL teams and won a Super Bowl ring in 1995 with San Francisco.
Returning to Knoxville, Kelly became active coaching youth football.
Dave Parrington: A native of Zimbabwe, Parrington has coached UT's men's and women's divers for 21 years.
Parrington has helped develop numerous All-Americans and SEC and national champions.
He also has extensive experience in international competition.
Rocky Goode: For 36 years, the UT grad has officiated football, primarily in the SEC.
He achieved crew-leader status and then moved into the replay booth, where he can be found when the 2012 season kicks off.
Induction Banquet: Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is the featured speaker at the Aug. 23 extravaganza.
Tickets are $150 or $1,400 for a table. All revenue goes to the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. For ticket info, call 865-232-1206 or go to the website www.gkshof.org.