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Abisha “Bosh” Pritchard

Abisha “Bosh” Pritchard was a Hopewell native, and one of the all-time great running backs in Virginia collegiate football history, but equally impressive are his credentials as one of the more colorful characters in any sport. The 1942 graduate of…

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Ulmo S. “Sonny” Randle

Sonny Randle distinguished himself in the football world as a standout athlete, a dedicated coach, and a spirited color commentator.  A native of Fork Union, Virginia, Randle proved himself an all-around athlete by making the All-State football and basketball teams…

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Melvin “Mel” Roach

Although plagued by injuries throughout his career, Roach compiled an impressive record of athletic accomplishments spanning high school, college and professional play. A native of Richmond, he starred in football, baseball and basketball at John Marshall High School. From 1947-51,…

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Dave Robbins

Dave Robbins, native of North Carolina and a graduate of Catawba College, is the winningest College Basketball Coach in Virginia history. Before becoming a collegiate head coach, he led his team at Thomas Jefferson High School to a Virginia State…

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Bobby Ross

Bobby Ross was named the 18th head coach of the Detroit Lions on January 13, 1997. After posting a regular season record of 47-33 (.588) in five years as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Ross assumed the title…

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Warren Rutledge

Warren Rutledge graduated from the College of William & Mary where he was an All-State baseball pitcher.  He eventually served in the Army and won 26 consecutive games at Fort Lee.   Upon completion of his military duty, Rutledge earned a…

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Taylor Sanford

Sanford graduated from the University of Richmond in 1929, having earned letters in football, basketball, baseball and track—thirteen in all.  He set records in the shot put and discus, later broken by his brother, Jack.  He captained All-State teams in…

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Brian Jordan

Brian Jordan, a native of Baltimore, entered the University of Richmond in 1985. As a three-year starter at cornerback for Spiders football, he earned All-Conference and All-State honors his junior and senior years. He ranks fifth all-time for career interceptions…

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George Lacy

George Lacy lettered in football, basketball and baseball at the University of Richmond. He was captain of the football and basketball squads his senior year in 1935-36, and was selected to the All-State basketball team three times. In 1934-35, he…

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Laurence Leonard, Jr.

Laurence Leonard was a longtime sports editor of the Richmond News Leader from 1947 to 1968.  During his tenure, the Richmond area watched local sports go beyond high school competition. Leonard began his promotion of local sports in North Carolina,…

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