NORFOLK (WAVY) – There was plenty of star power at Norfolk Scope, as the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame welcomed six new inductees as part of the 2018 class.
After 41 years at WAVY TV 10, Bruce Rader is still going strong as Sports Director, and longtime host of the “FOX 43 Sportswrap,” but it’s his work outside of the station that has left a significant impact. He’s raised millions of dollars for local charities, and continues to be a presence in the community.
A graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk’s Joe Smith was the no. 1 overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, and went on to play for 12 teams over a 16-year career.
“No matter what team I played for, no matter what uniform I put on, this is who I did it for; my family here, my friends here, the Hampton Roads area,” said Smith, who was also named the Naismith National Player of the Year at the University of Maryland. “The support and love I got throughout the years, this is who I did it for.”
Though he could not be present for the ceremony, Ronald Curry may go down as the best high school football player in Commonwealth history. Curry almost single-handedly filled the stands at Hampton High School, leading the Crabbers to three state football championships, and a basketball state title.
He went on to set records as the quarterback at the University of North Carolina, and would enjoy a seven-year NFL career as a receiver for the Oakland Raiders. Curry’s currently a receivers coach with the New Orleans Saints.
Portsmouth’s Latasha Colander is a part of the rich track history at Woodrow Wilson High School. She went on to win two U.S. Championships in the 200-meter dash, and won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a member of the 4 by 400 relay team.
Chesapeake’s Ed Beard was a football and state champion wrestler at Oscar Smith High School, and enjoyed eight years playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
The late Jess Kersey refereed 31 NBA seasons, which included three All-Star games and three NBA Finals.