The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
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DENTON - The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame enshrined five new members Saturday as the school's 32nd all-time class was inducted at Apogee Stadium. George Dunham, Leonard Dunlap, Walter Johnson, Judy Nelson and Willie Parker were honored in a ceremony in front of a sold-out crowd in the Hub Club at Apogee Stadium.
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. 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.
After transferring from Kilgore Junior College, Dunlap 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The five legends give the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame 181 members.
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