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Local legends set to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame


Fourteen individuals and seven high school programs across Mid-Missouri were named as apart of the 2022 Missouri Hall of Fame class on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Jefferson City Jay and Mizzou Tiger, Justin Gage is apart of the class thanks to his standout performances at MU and in the NFL.

Gage was a two-sport athlete for the Tigers where he helped lead the basketball team to the Elite Eight in 2002, plus holds the record for receptions in a game and receiving yardage in a game on the Mizzou football team with 16 catches for 236 yards vs. Bowling Green in 2002.

"When you're involved in sports you don't think about it, you just think about what can I do on this day to better myself," Gage said. "When the end of your time comes and you can look back and say you left it all on the field that's one feeling that makes you feel great, but when other people recognize your hard work and talents I mean that right there is just an unbelievable feeling."

Watch the full interview with Justin Gage in the player below.

The Tigers honorees don't stop there. Current Mizzou wrestling coach, Brian Smith, is being inducted in November as he enters his 25th season with the Tigers.

Smith is the winningest coach in program history and his team has had 11 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

The full interview with Brian Smith can be viewed in the player below.

The full list of honorees are as follows:

  • Justin Gage - Jefferson City/University of Missouri/ Chicago Bears & Tennessee Titans
  • Jeff Sherman- Former Central Methodist University men's basketball coach
  • Brian Smith- University of Missouri wrestling coach
  • Jill Nagel- Rock Bridge High School girl's basketball coach
  • Dr. Kerwin Urhahn - Retired Executive Director of MSHSAA
  • Dale Labuary & the late Geary Labuary- Former Monroe City & California football coaches
  • Hermann High School Volleyball
  • Chad Moller- Former Missou Associate Director of Athletics-Strategic Communications
  • Mike Griggs- Former Director of Columbia Parks & Rec
  • Hickman High School Girls Swimming and Diving Era of 1979-1999
  • Wendy Spratt- Columbia College softball coach
  • Boonville High School's 1974 State Championship football team
  • Kent Fewell- Retired Hickman High School baseball coach
  • Ron Lykins- Mizzou wheelchair basketball coach
  • Blair Oaks' 2006 & 2007 State Championship baseball teams
  • Michelle Boyd- Truman State University head athletic trainer
  • Mexico boys track & field era of 1974-1979
  • David Sturm- longtime high school umpire and referee from Salisbury
  • Westran high school softball era of 1984-1999
  • Tipton high school golf era of 2003-2008
  • Columbia Orthopaedic Group- John Q. Hammons Founder's Award
  • Mizzou Golden Girls

The enshrinement will be November 20th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

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