Legendary Brackenridge running back Warren McVea, who helped lead the Eagles to the 1962 Class 4A state title, and former Texas Tech All-America defensive lineman Gabe Rivera, a 1979 Jefferson graduate, headline the SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016, the district announced Tuesday.
McVea went on to star at the University of Houston, where he was the first African American to play for Cougars, and continued his career in the AFL and NFL.
Rivera was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick in 1983 and played in six games before a car accident during his rookie season left him a paraplegic.
Pro golfer Christi Cano (Edison), former Sam Houston boys basketball coach Wayne Dickey legendary Lanier boys basketball William Carson “Nemo” Herrera, longtime SAISD Athletic Department secretary Kathleen Lovejoy and former SAISD assistant athletic director Dorothy “Dottye” Williams round out the seven-person Class of 2016.
The group will be inducted at a ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Sunset Station Depot 1. The event is hosted by the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation.
Plaques of each inductee will be displayed permanently on the Hall of Fame Wall, located on the visitor’s side of Alamo Stadium.
The SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame was established last year. Clyde Glosson, Gary Green, R.A. Johnson, Claud Kellam, Paul Martin, Tommy Nobis, Victor Rodriguez and Kyle Rote comprised the charter class. Johnson, Kellam and Rote were inducted posthumously.