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Utah Sports Hall of Fame Induction
The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will honor Jim McMahon, Ron McBride, Billy Casper, Michele Fellows Lewis and Marv Fleming during the annual induction dinner and ceremony Oct. 15 at EnergySolutions Arena. For reservations ($75), send checks to the USHFF, 3434 Bengal Blvd. No. 106, Salt Lake City 84121. Or call Chuck Schell (801-262-9095) or Neil Petty (944-2379). The deadline is Oct. 10.
(This Utah Sports Hall of Fame Induction is not to be confused with the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. The Utah Golf Hall of Fame is a completely separate entity and is managed by the Utah Golf Association and the Utah Section of the PGA and is not in any way affiliated with the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. Billy Casper was one of the original ten inductees into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame nearly 25 years ago.)
McMahon spent his junior and senior years at Roy High School before playing for BYU from 1977-81, with a redshirt season in the middle of his career. He quarterbacked the Cougars to the “Miracle Bowl” victory over SMU in 1980, and earned first-team All-America honors as a senior. Drafted No. 5 overall by Chicago, he led the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl victory over New England. He also claimed a Super Bowl ring backing up Brett Favre with Green Bay in 1996.
McBride coached the University of Utah to a 10-2 record and a top-10 final ranking in 1994. He compiled an 88-64 record in 13 seasons with the Utes, while reviving the program and restoring balance to the rivalry with BYU. McBride led Weber State’s program for seven seasons, taking the Wildcats to consecutive appearances in the Football Championship subdivision playoffs.
Casper, a Springville resident, recorded 51 victories on the PGA Tour. He won the U.S. Open in 1959, and added another title in 1966 with a back-nine rally and a playoff defeat of Arnold Palmer. Billy also won the Masters in 1970. Casper won nine events on the Champions Tour, including two major titles.
Lewis, of Cedar Hills, was a major contributor to one of the greatest periods in BYU volleyball history. In her final three seasons, the Cougars posted an 84-12 record. BYU reached the NCAA Final Four in 1993, when Lewis was named a first-team All-American.
Fleming, an 11th-round draft choice from the University of Utah in 1963, became the first NFL player to appear in five Super Bowls – winning four world championships, two each with the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins. He also earned three NFL Championship rings with Green Bay before the Super Bowl was created. He was the starting tight end for the unbeaten Miami team of 1972, and played a total of 12 pro seasons.