McClellan, McDaniel, Robertson inducted into JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-18 16:41:47

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame added three new members during a ceremony Friday night at the Ronald Whitehead Technology Center in the Howard Technology Park.

Former football greats Mike McClellan and Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson were added to the group, along with the late Carlos Ray McDaniel, a former JCJC basketball standout. A capacity crowd was on hand to witness the event.

“My wife, Jennifer, and I were talking earlier and we said this is one of our favorite moments to be together each year,” said JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith, during Friday’s banquet. “I am honored to be here. We are in the presence of some of the most outstanding individuals that have spent many years dedicating their talents to serving others and making a difference.

“I hope this is a night our honored inductees, their families, friends and loved ones will remember for the rest of their lives.”

McClellan was a quarterback for the Bobcats in 1962-63. He was an All-American, All-Region and All-State performer for the Bobcats and was also named Most Valuable Back in the state. He went on to star at Southern Miss, leading them to a 7-6 upset victory over North Carolina State in the Oyster Bowl.

“I served on the board for 25 years at Jones and was board president for eight years,” said McClellan. “Jones has had only five presidents in its lifetime and I’ve been here for four of them: Dr. (J.B.) Young, Dr. (Terrell) Tisdale, Dr. (Ronald) Whitehead and the current president, Dr. (Jesse) Smith.

“It is a wonderful school and I appreciate the honor that has been bestowed upon me.”

McDaniel starred for the Bobcat basketball teams from 1960-62. He was an All-South Division and Honorable Mention All-State performer as a freshman. As a sophomore, he led the Bobcats in scoring and was an All-State and All-South Division player. He became a fulltime health education instructor in 1967 and began the intramural program at JCJC.

He passed away in 1999 while still teaching at Jones.

“I can’t you what an honor this is,” said State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who, along with his mother, Charlotte, accepted the award on behalf of his father. “He in so many ways, embodied all of the best qualities of Jones County Junior College. He was the best father a boy could ever hope for.”

Sen. McDaniel said his father would be overwhelmed at the response of being chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

“The measure of a man is not how he died – it’s how he lived. It’s not what gained – it is what he would give of himself.

“It is not that his name is inscribed in a stone building somewhere, but it is what is inscribed in the hearts, minds and souls of his students that he taught and the people he touched. It’s not about what the newspaper said or his obituary – it’s about how many people were sorry he passed away.

“The outpouring I’ve received since he has been named to this has been amazing. I’ve received hundreds of emails from all over the country. He would be very honored by this.”

Robertson was an All-American, All-State and All-Region player for the Bobcats in 1993-94. He was chosen the NJCAA’s Male Athlete of the Year following the 1994 season and was named an Academic All-American.

“It is such a great honor and a privilege,” said Robertson. “I want to thank the Hall of Fame committee for choosing me and voting for me because it is certainly an honor to represent JCJC, the players I played with, the students I went to school with and the teaches that taught me.

“The old saying is, ‘There is no place like home,’ but to me, ‘There is no place like Jones.’”

Dr. Smith summed up the qualities of all of the inductees.

“The virtues of our three inductees are quite similar,” he said. “Intellectual, encouraging, diligent, coachable, selfless, optimistic, determined and loyal. They experienced success on multiple fronts and have created a legacy for future success.”


JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007 – Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008 – Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009 – Gwen Magee, L.D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010 – Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson


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