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N.C. Sports Hall hails Jarrett, Proehl

The Associated Press
Wednesday, May. 11, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. – Retired NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett is following his father again, this time into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Jarrett and former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl headline the group that will be inducted Thursday night.

They will enter with five others: prep basketball coach Larry Lindsey, late Wake Forest radio announcer Gene Overby, college tennis coach Tom Parham, trainer Al Proctor and former Elon football coach Jerry Tolley.

Jarrett won the Daytona 500 three times and the 1999 Winston Cup championship. He and Ned Jarrett will become just the second father-son pair to enter the hall, joining another family from racing — Lee and Richard Petty.

"I followed in my father's footsteps ... in pretty much everything I've done in my life," Dale Jarrett said Wednesday. "Those are pretty big shoes to fill."

Proehl played for Wake Forest and appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two of them. He also had the tying touchdown catch with about a minute left in the Carolina Panthers' loss to New England in the 2004 Super Bowl.

Additionally, North Carolina's victory over Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas team in the 1957 NCAA championship game was announced as the first "great moment" in the state's sports history.

That accomplishment was selected by voters online ahead of four other candidates, including North Carolina State's upset of Houston for the 1983 NCAA title and the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953.

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