Historically known for exceptional football players, Thomasville will honor five standouts on Thursday.
Mike Jones, Eric Curry, Myron Guyton, Willie Frederick and the late Alphonso Ellis, along with former multi-sport athlete Ellen Faulk Herring, will be inducted into the 19th annual Thomasville-Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Thomasville High cafeteria.
“The key thing for us is, No. 1, we had a chance to watch them all play. Each one of those guys and ladies is special in their own right in that they’re great athletes,” said Bill Rainey, chairman of this year’s Sports Hall of Fame. “But also they’re giving people. The best thing about this, to get into the Hall of Fame, not only do you need to be an athlete and have athletic ability, but you also have to be a role model.
“That’s so exciting to see how these young men and women have transitioned from being young folks to adults and what they have given back and done to make our communities better, whether it be in Thomasville or wherever they live.”
Thomasville High is well represented in this year’s class, with all but Guyton having played for the Bulldogs.
Jones, Curry, Frederick and Ellis all played under head football coach Mike Hodges in the mid-to-late 80s, including the 1986 season when Thomasville finished 9-3. That year was Ellis’ final season with the Bulldogs. He made it memorable. Ellis ran for a school-record 1,383 yards (10 games), including another record of 276 yards against Coffee.
Ellis rushed for 3,934 yards at Thomasville.
Following Ellis’ impressive run at Thomasville, he continued his playing career at the University of Georgia. Ellis was one of the few true freshmen to ever start for Vince Dooley.
Ellis played in 42 games for Georgia.
For full details, see Sunday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.