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Bogues, Peppers and Rose inducted to North Carolina Sports Hall
Class of 2020 to be enshrined in Raleigh
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 10:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers is one of three 2020 inductees to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame with Charlotte ties. Former Charlotte Hornets guard Muggsy Bogues and former Charlotte 49ers athletics director Judy Rose are also 2020 inductees.

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The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 class has Charlotte connections.

Former Charlotte Hornets guard Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues, Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers and former Charlotte 49ers athletics director Judy Rose are among 12 inductees to the hall and will be enshrined May 1 in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of History. Tickets for the induction banquet are available online at ncshof.org.

Other inductees are: Debbie Antonelli (media), Mack Brown (North Carolina football), Dennis Craddock (North Carolina track and field/cross-country), Dr. Charles Kernodle (Burlington Williams High team doctor), Mac Morris (Greensboro Page High basketball coach) Trot Nixon (New Hanover High football and baseball), Bobby Purcell (North Carolina State athletics), Tim Stevens (media) and Donnell Woolford (football). 

“This year’s class encompasses all fields of athletics, including professional, collegiate, high school and special achievements,” hall of fame President Nora Lynn Finch said in a statement. “This 58th class of inductees and their outstanding accomplishments continue to build on the rich sports heritage of North Carolina.”

At 5-foot-3, former Charlotte Hornet Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history.

Bogues, who grew up in Baltimore, was a standout point guard at Wake Forest, where he led the ACC in assists and steals as a senior and earned all-conference honors. At 5-foot-3, Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history, played 14 years in the league, including 10 with the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to coach the WNBA Charlotte Sting for one year and is now a team ambassador for the Hornets. In NBA stats, Bogues is 23rd in NBA career assists (6,726) and 20th in assists per game (7.6).

Peppers, who grew up in Bailey, N.C., near Rocky Mount, played an NFL record 266 games as a defensive lineman over a 17-year career. He spent 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, four in Chicago and three in Green Bay, tallying 724 tackles, including 159.5 sacks—fourth-most in NFL history.

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Peppers, who retired at the end of the 2018 season, was a big-play defender who recovered a league-record 21 fumbles and is second in blocked kicks (13) and forced fumbles (51). As a collegian at North Carolina, Peppers led the nation in sacks (15) in 2000, and he was a unanimous All-America selection in 2001 as well as earning the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player and the Lombardi Award as the best lineman.

Judy Rose was the third woman to lead an NCAA Division I athletics program when she was named athletics director at UNC Charlotte in 1990.

Rose, who was UNC Charlotte’s athletics director for 28 years, was the third won to lead an NCAA Division I program when she took over in 1990. In 1999, became the first woman elected to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. Among her accomplishments leading 49ers athletics was the addition of football in 2013.

The Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. A permanent exhibit, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the state Museum of History in Raleigh and features a significant collection of memorabilia donated by inductees. Admission is free.

For information about the North Carolina Museum of History, call (919) 814-7000 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org



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