High School Sports

Jordan set to induct 7 former athletes into Hall of Fame

Jordan High will induct seven new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday at a ceremony at St. Luke Methodist Church in Columbus.

Rex Enfinger, Ray Timmons, Mickey Carmack, Vince Green, Ronnie Richardson, Terry McIntosh and Fred Ogle will join a fraternity of more than 50 people, which have been inducted over the five years of the Hall’s existence.

“It’ll just be a tremendous honor to be recognized,” Timmons said on Friday. “The committee’s done a lot of hard work over the last eight to 10 years to make this a success.”

This year’s class is as packed as ever, recognizing six former Red Jackets for their athletic prowess and one, Ogle, as a lifetime contributor.

Ogle helped start the Jordan athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He was “responsible for getting the ball rolling,” according to George Casion, one of the organizers for this year’s event. He acted as the chairman of the committee until his death in 2013.

The athletes go back to the Class of 1957, in which Enfinger was a major success on the track. He set a state record in the mile at the state meet in 1957 and ran track all four years in high school.

Timmons and Carmack both represent the Class of 1958 in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track.

Carmack, who has also died, will be represented by his wife Sheryl Carmack at the ceremony. He played at Georgia Tech on a baseball and football scholarship, according to Casion.

“He was a dear friend of mine,” Timmons said of Carmack. “He was just an outstanding football player and a fine young man, and I’m proud to go in alongside him.”

Timmons had an impressive multi-sport playing career over the same period. He was all-region and all-state in football, setting records on kickoffs and punt returns.

He pointed to his teammates as reasons for his success.

“You play ball with so many people,” he said. “To have all my friends and fellow teammates there tomorrow night, my family, my fiancé—I’ve probably got 30 friends coming tomorrow night. It just makes it greater because they’re there and they’re such a big part of it. Not to mention the other guys already in the Hall of Fame. We’re in good company there.”

Green was a member of the Class of 1967, lettering in both football and baseball. After high school, he played wide receiver at Troy, earning a nod as an NAIA All-American in 1970 when he caught 60 passes for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns. Troy won the NAIA national championship that season.

Green played one season with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring due to injury. He was All-Bi-City and All-Region in 1966 and 1967.

Richardson, who was also Class of 1967, set a local passing record while in school. He threw for 1,541 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1966, which was a record at the time.

McIntosh, a member of the Class of 1970, said he looked up to guys like Green and Richardson, who he watched play while he was in junior high.

“I’m very honored to go in with the guys I’m going in with,” he said. “I saw some of those guys play ball when I was in junior high. Those were the guys I looked up to.”

Including his brother, Wayne, who was two years older. Wayne had been the one to submit Terry’s name for consideration and was most excited upon the selection, Terry said. Wayne died on July 9, however, Terry said.

“It’s extra special, because he was the one who put my name in,” Terry said. “I don’t want to make it a sad thing. It’s a celebration and extra special.”

Like Timmons, McIntosh stressed the contributions of his teammates to the success.

“He can’t do that without every teammate he has,” he said. “Everything I accomplished, every teammate that I had contributed to that. It’s a team sport, and the team is what makes the star players, not the other way around.”