Nine Inducted To Arkansas Hall Of Honor

SPRINGDALE -- Harry Jones made the most of his three-minute acceptance speech at the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor induction ceremony on Friday night, alternately cracking jokes and choking back tears.

"Light Horse Harry," a cult hero after he made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1965, advised a large gathering at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center: "I cry when the laundry comes back."

But the former Hogs All-Southwest Conference wingback made the audience cry when he said, "I'm so grateful for this award. I remain passionate about the Arkansas Razorbacks to this day. I've tried to be an ambassador for the Arkansas program all over this country."

When Jones became an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, he said, "I had an entire section of fans chanting 'Woo Pitt Sooie.' They didn't even know what they were doing, but they were doing it.'"

Jones was serenaded by the song with the lyrics, "Run, Harry, run, you son of a gun. Get the ball to Harry Jones."

He reacted, "If there's ever been a cornier song than that, I've never heard it."

One of Jones' teammates at Arkansas, current Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, talked about the difference between the Razorbacks' 5-5 team of 1963 and their 11-0 national title team of 1964.

"In 1963 we were supposed to be a national contender," he recalled. "We won five, lost five, and only one player made All-SWC. Everyone said we were so overrated. The next year Loyd Phillips came in at tackle, but with pretty much the same group we went undefeated and 19 players were honored. Everyone said we had all the football players.

"That has always stayed with me, even with the Dallas Cowboys. There's more to it than ability. It's motivation, inspiration, focus -- all those things."

Jerry Jones was listed as a 200-pound guard and fullback, but he said, "On the morning of the Cotton Bowl game when we beat Nebraska 10-7, I weighed 183 pounds."

Wayne Martin and the late Brandon Burlsworth, also inducted Friday night, weighed a lot more than that. They also cast long shadows -- Martin as a 10-year New Orleans Saints lineman and Burlsworth for his shining example of doing everything the right way on and off the field.

Jim Lindsey, another member of the UA national title team of 1964, received the 2004 Distinguished Service Award.

Emotional like Harry Jones, Lindsey said, "I owe this program so much more than I can ever repay."

Former UA basketball player Jerry Carlton, a Heritage Era honoree along with Jerry Jones, said, "It's very special to be elected by your peers. I've thanked the Lord many times for the ability to play at this level. This honor is something I can take with me forever."

Four-time Arkansas tennis All-American Peter Doohan, after watching footage of himself on the big screen, said, "Did you see those dorky short shorts and that bushy hairdo? I was so scrawny that Tom Pucci, our coach, said, 'We've got to get you on the weights.'"

Pucci recruited Doohan from Australia in 1980, sight unseen.

"I'm grateful for all his advice -- even some I didn't ask for," Doohan said. "I bleed Razorback red, and I moved back to Arkansas (Fort Smith) because it felt like home. I just wanted to be close to this Razorback action."

Inductee Lee Mayberry, after watching a replay of his 3-point shot that helped beat Texas in basketball, said, "(UA assistant) Scott Edgar told me last week he had everything under control that night (after Nolan Richardson left the floor). He told everybody to get out of the way and 'let Lee do his thing.'

"Coach Richardson was a great motivator, friend and father figure. We had some great wins in Barnhill Arena, and you all had every bit to do with all of them."

Tracy Webb Rice, who led the Lady Razorbacks to their first NCAA Tournament basketball bid in 1986, was also inducted Friday night, as was former UA track middle distance star Seneca Lassiter.

Arkansas coach John McDonnell, who still coaches Lassiter, sat with Lassiter's family.

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