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The 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Leonard Dunlap

Leonard Dunlap (football) - Dunlap arrived at North Texas in 1969 and began making his record-breaking impact immediately. After transferring from Kilgore Junior College, he cracked the starting lineup and intercepted six passes and returned three of them for touchdowns, tying an NCAA single-season record. He had seven more picks his senior year in 1970, giving him 13 for his two-year career and tying him for third place all-time at NT. He added to his touchdown total in his senior year with one interception return for a score, giving him four while with the Mean Green. Dunlap still holds the school record for career interception-return yards with 382. In 1970, he was named to the Missouri Valley's first-team All-Conference team, and, in 1971, he was the MVC Athlete of the Year. Dunlap was a first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1971. He played five years in the NFL, the last four with the San Diego Chargers, and in 1972 he had five interceptions. In 2013, Dunlap was named to the North Texas All-Century Football Team.

Walter  Johnson

Walter "Weasel" Johnson (men's basketball) - Johnson was the dynamic point guard for the most prolific scoring and entertaining teams in school history. He set the school record for assists in a single season in 1976-77 with 208 as he averaged 7.7 assists per game. In his first season with NT in 1975-76, he dished out 142 assists as the Mean Green scored 96 points a game and won a then school-record 22 games. In 1976-77, NT won 21 games and averaged 87.5 points a game. Johnson quarterbacked the Mean Green to wins over Baylor, Arizona State, SMU, Kansas State, TCU, Tulsa and Creighton. North Texas scored over 100 points 16 times in his two seasons as point guard. He scored 13.5 points a game his first year and 14.4 points a game his senior season. He was the first player in school history to play 1,000 minutes in a season, and has the second highest minutes per game average in history at 37.0 in 1976-77.

Judy Nelson

Judy Buckles Nelson (women's basketball) - Nelson led the 1985-86 women's basketball team to the school's first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament and the program's first 20-win season. Nelson began her coaching career at North Texas in 1983, and, in only two seasons turned a two-win team into a 20-win team. She coached some of the best players in program history, highlighted by Clara Campbell, who was the 1986 Newcomer of the Year in the Southland Conference. She had wins over SMU, TCU, Baylor and Texas A&M. Nelson coached for six seasons and finished with 66 wins.

Willie Parker

Willie Parker (football) - A dominating presence as a center for two seasons at North Texas, Parker helped anchor the offensive line for one of the most productive quarterbacks in school history, Steve Ramsey. Parker came to North Texas after two years at Wharton County Junior College, and was named to the 1969 Missouri Valley All-Conference team. In 1970, Parker was named All-Conference. "He may be the best center in the country," North Texas coach Rod Rust said in 1970. Parker was drafted to the NFL by San Francisco in the third round and played 11 seasons with the 49ers and Buffalo Bills. In 2013, Parker was named to the North Texas All-Century Football Team.

George Dunham

George Dunham (Fred McCain Award) -Dunham was the "Voice of the Mean Green" for 21 years and a part of the Mean Green Radio Network for nearly 30 years. Dunham began his broadcasting career with the legendary Bill Mercer in 1990, and took over the play-by-play duties in 1994. He was behind the mic for two of the biggest wins in football history, the 2002 New Orleans Bowl and the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. Dunham is a 1988 graduate of North Texas and was the winner of the 1996 Ulys Knight Spirit Award. The veteran broadcaster began his career at campus station KNTU and went on to the Texas State Network and KRLD. Mr. Dunham is now a household name as part of the award winning "Dunham and Miller" show on KTCK 1310 The Ticket. The duo has been voted the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Radio Personalities of the Year. In perhaps his most memorable call, Dunham coined the phrase "Do you believe in the Mean Green" in the 1997 upset win over Texas Tech.