GREENVILLE — The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame has announced that due to the CDC guidance on social distancing, they have rescheduled their 2020 Enshrinement Celebration from April 2 to May 28.
“We have an incredible group of honorees this year and we are looking forward to the event at a time where we can have a safe and fun environment for our honorees and guests,” said Chairman David S. Wyatt.
The Class of 2020 includes Coach Art Baker, Robert Porcher, Willie Scott, Coach Steve Spurrier and former North Augusta High great Charlie Waters, and all are scheduled to attend. Trevor Lawrence is scheduled to receive the 2019 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy presented by Hale’s Jewelers which honors South Carolina’s most outstanding collegiate player that night. South Carolina State legend Willie Jeffries will emcee the event along with Megan Heidlberg and Will Merritt.
The Miami-born Waters was a football and baseball star at North Augusta, earning a spot on the 1965 Shrine Bowl roster and receiving a football scholarship to Clemson. He started out as a quarterback before finishing his collegiate career as a wide receiver. In 1969, he caught 44 passes for 738 yards as a senior, a Clemson record at that time, and earn an All-ACC selection. Waters was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.
He was chosen 66th overall as a defensive back by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970 NFL Draft. In his first five seasons, he spent time at corner and free safety, but his career really took off in 1975 when he became the mainstay at strong safety. He would go onto play through the 1981 season, playing in five Super Bowls and winning two (VI, XII), being named to three Pro Bowls (1976-1978), and named Second-Team All-Pro twice (1977, 1978). He intercepted 41 passes (third all-time in Cowboys history) in his career and recovered seven fumbles. His nine playoff interceptions are an NFL record. After retiring from playing he became an NFL and college coach, as well as a commentator for a short time. He also managed a gas marketing company with his longtime teammate Cliff Harris.
He and his wife, Rosie, currently live in Texas. They are the parents of three sons Cody (deceased), Ben and Cliff. Waters is also a member of the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame and South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame (1980).
The late Sam Wyche will also be honored as the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year. His wife Jane will be accepting the honor on his behalf. Sam Wyche was a Furman graduate who played and coached in the NFL. After receiving a heart transplant in 2016, he became a national ambassador for the “Donate Life” campaign. Unfortunately, last year he was diagnosed with a cancerous melanoma, which ultimately led to his passing on Jan. 2, 2020. He was part of the Inaugural 2013 Class of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.
Other special guests scheduled to attend are Danny Ford, George Rogers, Dick Sheridan, Charlie Brown, Connor Shaw, Levon Kirkland, John Abraham, Steve Greer, Marcus Lattimore, Dal Shealy and more.
The enshrinement will be held at the Hilton Greenville.