2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

2011 Inductees

Aaron Brooks

A graduate of Ferguson High School and the University of Virginia, Brooks is a former NFL quarterback with the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders. In 1998, Brooks led the Cavaliers to a near victory in the Peach Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs. In 2007, Brooks retired as the Saints' franchise leader in season and career touchdown passes, though both records have since been broken by Drew Brees.

Buddy Lex

Lex is a graduate of Newport News High School and the College of William and Mary. In 1949, Lex set a national record by throwing 18 touchdown passes. That same year, he was runner-up to Sam Snead as Virginia’s Athlete of the Year.

Gary Bodie

A graduate of Hampton High School and the California Institute of Technology, Bodie is a longtime leader in the Hampton Road’s sailing community. He has coached at Old Dominion University and the Naval Academy, and has won 15 national championships at Hampton University. In 1998, Bodie was named coach of the United States Olympic Sailing Team and has since coached in three Olympic Games.

Mike Tomlin

Tomlin is a graduate and former football player at Denbigh High School and the College of William and Mary. After stops as an assistant coach at several colleges (including Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Arkansas State University), Tomlin moved on to the NFL with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and later, the Minnesota Vikings. On Jan. 22, 2007, Tomlin was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin has taken the Steelers to two Super Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh, winning the franchise’s sixth title in 2008 season and losing to the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 season.

Vince Brown

As the longtime track and field coach at Christopher Newport University, Brown compiled an outstanding record during his 25 years at the school. Brown’s teams won 12 national team championships and 61 individual and relay Division III national titles. In addition, his athletes have amassed 444 All-America honors.

Willie Brown

Brown played basketball, football and ran track at Carver High School and the Apprentice School. Brown is a long-time supporter, and volunteer, with the Virginia Special Olympics. In addition, he has been instrumental in the operation of the Boo Williams Summer League basketball program for the last 25 years.

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