The final induction revolved around the 1975 football team. Coaches and players, who were able to be present at the luncheon, were introduced and recognized. Each was presented with a pin in honor of their accomplishment. The team went 9-0 and had an average margin of victory of 38 points against its opponents. The season set records, including five shutouts and included two, 1,000-yard rushers. The five coaches on staff were each starters in their college careers.
Bill Autry was the first to speak on the team's behalf. He said it was an honor to be inducted and could say a lot about his team.
"I could talk about this team forever," Autry said. Autry was followed by Scott Allen, previously inducted as an individual athlete.
"I think I got into teaching and coaching because of you guys," Allen said to his coaches in the room. Mike Sloan, son of the team's head coach, Marv Sloan, was the last to speak on the team's behalf.
"Our community was always so behind our teams," Sloan said.
The formal inductions will be held tonight (Friday, Feb. 1) during the basketball games against Pella at Knoxville High School. Tickets are still available for the game and ceremony.
Journal-Express Sports Editor Perry Bell, a member of the 1975 team, will have in-depth features on the inductees in upcoming print editions. Look for those, and coverage of tonight's ceremony, in the Journal-Express.