June 27, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech football and basketball legends, Calvin Johnson and Jarrett Jack, as well as former major league infielder Eric Patterson and current PGA Tour player Nicholas Thompson, headline eight former Georgia Tech sports icons who have been elected to the 2016 Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame class.
The 2016 class, one of the most accomplished collectively in the history of the Hall of Fame, also includes track and field All-Americans Lynn Houston Moore and Brendon Mahoney, baseball All-American Michael Sorrow and ACC tennis champion Jaime Wong. These outstanding individuals will be inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame at the annual Induction Dinner on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. They will also be honored during Tech’s football game against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
“We are excited to welcome this 2016 class into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame,” said Tech director of athletics Mike Bobinski. “All of these student-athletes excelled individually in their own right, but they were also key contributors to the success of their teams, which achieved great heights during their time at Tech. It is a tremendous privilege each year to add a new class to our Hall of Fame and have these men and women back on campus, and we look forward to honoring them here on Oct. 14.”
Following are brief bios on the 2016 Hall of Fame class, one of the biggest classes in recent memory:
Lynn Houston Moore, Track and Field (1995-99) — Photo Gallery
A 1999 All-American in the high jump, Lynn Houston Moore won four Atlantic Coast Conference titles, two indoor and two outdoor, in that event, and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors six times. Houston, a native of Louisville, Ky., finished fourth at the NCAA Championships as a senior with a jump of 6-0, and won the ACC indoor and outdoor titles in 1996 and 1997. Her best marks of 6-0 outdoors and 5-10.75 indoors both rank third on the all-time Tech list today. Houston is married to former Tech basketball player , and the family lives in Louisiana.
Not since the famed Georgia Tech run of nine straight NCAA Tournaments from 1985-93 could a Yellow Jacket player say he played in the post-season every year of his career, but did just that, leading Tech to the quarterfinals of the NIT in his freshman year of 2003, the national championship game in 2004 and the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. Jack came to Tech from Fort Washington, Md., and was the Jackets’ starting point guard all three years, helping Tech win 64 games and advance to the ACC title game in 2005. Jack scored 1,265 career points, 25th on the Tech all-time list, and he ranks fifth in career assists (543), fourth in assist average (5.4 per game) and sixth in steals (183). He shot 47.8 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from three-point range and 79.6 percent from the free throw line for his career, and he owns the fifth- (213 in 2003-04) and eighth-highest (185 in 2002-03) assist totals for a season in Tech history. Drafted 22nd overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2005, Jack is a veteran of 11 NBA seasons, currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets, and makes his home in Atlanta.
When caught three touchdowns, including the game-winning grab, in a prime-time contest at Clemson as a freshman, he captured the attention of the college football world. Thus began a three-year career in which he set Tech career standards for receiving yards (2,927) and touchdown receptions (28), and still ranks No. 2 in receptions (178). One of just six Yellow Jackets to be a two-time first-team All-American, Johnson was a unanimous All-American selection as a senior and also became the first three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in program history. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2006, and was named the ACC Player of the Year as well that year. In ACC annals, he is tied for fifth in career TD receptions, eighth in receiving yards and 12th in receptions. In his Tech career, he was responsible for 42 percent of Tech’s passing yards and 33 percent of Tech’s pass completions, despite constant double teams, and he caught 28 of the Jackets’ 55 touchdown passes during that time. Johnson retired from the National Football League this year following a stellar nine-year career with the Detroit Lions.