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  • Mike Caldwell

    Inducted: 2012
    Sports: Football

    Mike Caldwell came to Middle Tennessee in 1989 as a skinny kid from Oak Ridge, Tenn. and left as an All-American linebacker in 1992. He played for coach Boots Donnelly on teams that won three OVC championships while collecting 248 career tackles. As a senior, Caldwell had 76 tackles to lead the team and scored three touchdowns, two on fumbles and one on an interception return. His play that year earned him All-OVC and All-American honors and he started in the Blue-Gray All-Star game.

    Caldwell was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round and played 11 seasons in the NFL with six different teams. At the time of his induction, he was coaching linebackers for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Class of 2013

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    Roger Carroll

    Dwone Hicks

    Priscilla Robinson Murray
    Basketball, Volleyball

    James "Doug" Shrader
    Basketball, Baseball

    History of the Hall of Fame

    In the early spring of 1975, a pair of long-time supporters of Middle Tennessee State University's athletic program decided that the University should honor its greatest athletes. Homer Pittard, alumni director, and Gene Sloan, public relations director, came up with the idea and asked sports information director Jim Freeman to join them in setting up an athletic hall of fame.

    After getting approval for the Hall of Fame from President M. G. Scarlett, the trio began laying the groundwork to select the first inductees. Others, including Bob Womack and Joe Nunley, were also involved.

    "We decided not to have categories but to put all candidates in one group," said Freeman. "We also decided against inducting a large group to start with and felt that three per year was the ideal number. That way, everyone got a good share of the spotlight."

    The nominating and voting for the first several years was done by members of the old "T" Club, now reorganized and called the Varsity Club. Nominations were solicited, and the the list of candidates was mailed to the voters. They selected Horace Jones, Charles "Bubber" Murphy and Teddy Morris as the initial inductees in 1976.

    The Blue Raider Hall of Fame was originally housed in the old Blue Raider Room under the west side of the football stadium. It had to be torn down when then stadium was expanded in 1998. After several years without a home, the Hall of Fame moved into the new Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building in 2004.