Linebacker Sam Mills of the Carolina Panthers carries the football after a turn over during the Panthers 24-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame just announced its 2022 class of inductees. Included on the list is one of the most beloved Carolina Panthers of all time. The class will be officially enshrined in a banquet that will be held Friday, April 22nd at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The newest members will be enshrined during the 58th annual induction banquet on the evening of Friday, April 22, at the Raleigh Convention Center. A news conference will take place that day at noon at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Artifacts of many of N.C. Sports Hall of Fame members, along with a recognition of notable accomplishment, are showcased in a 3,000-square foot museum on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The museum’s address is 5 East Edenton Street, and it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

“This year’s class includes a wide variety of athletic achievement, including professional, collegiate, high school, Olympic sports, and media, with some special contributions,” said Dr. Jerry McGee, president of the Hall’s Board of Directors in a press release. “This class of inductees and their outstanding accomplishments continue to build on the rich sports heritage of North Carolina. We look forward to celebrating these outstanding individuals in our state’s sports history.”

Information on tickets to the event will be available in the coming weeks.

The inductees for the 2022 class and biographies (courtesy of a press release from the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame) are below. Inductees are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Luke Appling

    One of seven native North Carolinians in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Appling played 20 years in the major leagues, all with the Chicago White Sox, from 1930 to 1950. Born in High Point, the shortstop was a seven-time American League all-star and twice was the AL batting champ, compiling a sizzling .388 mark in 1936. Appling hit better than .300 15 times during his MLB career. He was also a successful minor league manager and major league coach for many years after retiring as an active player.

    1986: Former Chicago White Sox player Luke Appling ’30-’50, looks on during the 1986 season.

  • Missouri Arledge

     A star athlete at Durham’s Hillside High, from which she graduated in 1953, Arledge tallied 31.3 points per game during her senior basketball season. She went to Philander Smith College in Arkansas, scoring 21.0 ppg as a sophomore and becoming the first African-American woman to play in an AAU tournament (1954) and the first to be named AAU All-American the following season. Arledge transferred to Tuskegee Institute and continued playing while earning two master’s degrees and working in education, including back at Hillside High School. Following college, she was invited to become the first female player to join the Harlem Globetrotters.

  • Ronnie Barnes

    Barnes graduated from East Carolina University’s sports medicine program in 1975 and has gone on to a decorated career. He was an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at ECU and then went to Michigan State, where he was a head athletic trainer and earned his master’s. He moved on to the New York Giants in the NFL as an athletic training intern, rising to head athletic trainer in 1980 and now senior vice-president for medical services, working for the Giants for over 40 years. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and twice was that organization’s National Professional Trainer of the Year.

  • Henry Bibby

     A native of Franklinton, Bibby was the starting point guard on UCLA men’s basketball teams that won three straight NCAA championships in the early 1970’s, averaging 14.4 points per game for his career and earning first-team all-American honors.  He played nine NBA seasons, winning a title with the New York Knicks. As a coach at Southern California, he led three teams to the NCAA tournament, including an Elite Eight trip in 2001. Bibby had various coaching roles in pro basketball, including head coach for star Lisa Leslie and the L.A. Sparks in the WNBA and as an assistant with Memphis and Detroit in the NBA.

    Henry Bibby, Head Coach for the University of Southern California USC Trojans makes a signal to his players during the NCAA Pac-10 Conference college basketball game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on 15th February 2001 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, United States, United States. The USC Trojans won the game 80 – 68.

  • Dan Brooks

    The 1981 graduate of Oregon State University has put together a brilliant career of unprecedented success in almost 40 years as head women’s golf coach at Duke University. Brooks has guided his teams to seven NCAA national championships and 21 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and his 140 team victories are the most of any women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history. A seven-time National Coach of the Year, he is a member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall.

  • Torry Holt

    This football star had an amazing NFL career, primarily with the St. Louis Rams, winning a Super Bowl and going to seven Pro Bowls as part of the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Holt led the league in receiving yards twice and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. At NC State, Holt was a standout student-athlete who set numerous school records, earned first-team All-American honors and was the ACC Player of the Year in 1998. He is currently sixth on the ACC’s career receiving yards list with 3,379. The sixth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Holt grew up in Gibsonville and was a star high school athlete at Eastern Guilford.

    Torry Holt #81 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers won 17-16.

  • Sam Mills

    This diminutive 5-foot-9 linebacker played 12 seasons in the NFL, including his final three with the Carolina Panthers, where he became a beloved star, and his NFL career occurred after several standout seasons in the USFL. A three-time conference defensive player of the year in college at Montclair State, Mills played in five Pro Bowls and led the Panthers in tackles twice. He is a member of the Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor, had his Panthers number 51 retired by the team, and is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame and two other state sports halls.

    Linebacker Sam Mills of the Carolina Panthers carries the football after a turnover during the Panthers 24-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Timmy Newsome

    A native of Ahoskie, this football star is Winston-Salem State’s second all-time leading rusher with 3,843 yards in four eventful seasons. Newsome went on to be selected in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed nine seasons in the NFL, making the Cowboys’ All-Decade Team for the 1980s. He scored 30 touchdowns as an NFL player, including 19 on the ground and 11 on receptions. He is a member of both the CIAA Hall of Fame and the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

  • Dave Robbins

    Robbins grew up in Gastonia, where he was a standout athlete at Ashley High, and later went on to a tremendous career as a men’s basketball coach. He is best known for leading NCAA Division II power Virginia Union University to 713 victories and three NCAA national championships, as well as 14 CIAA titles. His winning percentage at Virginia Union is an excellent .786 in 30 years. Robbins is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and the CIAA Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Suiter

    A native of Rocky Mount and a graduate of Erskine College (SC), Suiter had a remarkable career in media.  The sports anchor worked for WRAL-TV in Raleigh for 45 years, from 1971 until 2016, although he retired from the newscasts in 2008. A winner of two regional Emmy awards and the 1990 N.C Sportscaster of the Year, he covered 24 NCAA Final Fours and created the revolutionary “Football Friday” coverage, featuring high school football highlights, as well the “Extra Effort Award” for student-athletes. Suiter is in several halls of fame, including the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and the N.C. Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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