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  • Ray Oldham

    Inducted: 1983
    Sports: Football

    Known as an outstanding pass defender, in his collegiate and pro careers, Ray Oldham gained the respect of opponents with his bone-jarring tackles. A full-time starter as a sophomore, Oldham was a member of MT's "Mod Squad." With teammates Ray Bonner, Ed Miller and Ken Coffee, he set an MT record in 1970 with a 100-yard interception return against Chattanooga. In his final two seasons, he was first-team OVC thanks to 13 interceptions for 246 yards and a touchdown as well as 28 punt returns for 176 yards.

    After graduation, he signed with the Baltimore Colts and went on to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. In his pro career his record totals 15 interceptions for two touchdowns. Oldham earned a Super Bowl ring for his play with the famous Pittsburgh "steel curtain" defense in 1978.

    Class of 2013

    Dewon Brazelton

    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.