BELLE GLADE – The Inaugural Muck City Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is planned for Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade.
The Muck City Project’s mission is to preserve the local Muck City sport’s history, revitalize the community, and honor excellence within the Glades Community while making a connection between generations of people who enjoy sports on every level.
The Muck City Hall of Fame was created after years of strategic planning to pay homage to the amazing athletes and patrons that have come out of “The Muck.”
The Glades community has produced more than 75 NFL players, 400 college athletes and thousands of high school athletes throughout the years. Intended to be an exhilarating museum and attraction, the Muck City Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the talents and triumphs of the Glades greatest legends. Chronicled within the walls of the Hall of Fame will be the stories, circumstances, and memorabilia of play that bring to life words such as courage, dedication, vision, fair play, integrity and excellence.
On an annual basis, the Muck City Hall of Fame Executive Advisory Committee will nominate 11 football nominees from within the Glades football community, made up of Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay, and Clewiston. These nominees will include nine football players and two Football Coaches -- for a Total of 11 Nominees of which five nominees will be inducted to each years Muck City Hall of Fame. In addition, the committee will select individuals for two additional awards in the categories of “Female Athlete” and “Other Sport Athlete (outside of football)” for a total of seven Inductees each year.
This year, the nine football semi-finalists are:
• Rickey Jackson (born March 20, 1958) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints (1981–1993) and the San Francisco 49ers (1994–1995). With the Saints, he led the team’s Dome Patrol linebacker corps. In 1997, Jackson was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Jackson won a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX one year before retiring. On Feb. 7, 2010, Jackson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• Frederick Antwon Taylor (born January 27, 1976) is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. Taylor was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and played for the Jaguars and New England Patriots of the NFL. Taylor is a member of the 10,000 yard rushing club.
• Jessie Lee Hester (born January 21, 1963 in Belle Glade, Florida) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played 11 years in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams from 1985 to 1995.
He played college football at Florida State University. He finished his college career with 107 catches for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was a taken with the 23rd pick in the 1st Round of the 1985 NFL Draft. After retiring from the NFL, Jessie returned home to Belle Glade, Florida to become the head football coach at his alma mater, Glades Central High School. He also owns a home in Wellington, Florida.
In the spring of 2012, Hester became Athletic Director for Lake Worth Community High School. In December 2012, Hester was named football coach.
• James Arthur Spencer, Jr. (born March 29, 1969) is an American former college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Spencer played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos of the NFL. Spencer was born in Manning, South Carolina. He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida, and he played high school football for the Glades Central Raiders.
Spencer accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Galen Hall and coach Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators football teams from 1988 to 1990. Spencer decided to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility after his junior season in 1990, and made himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
• Anquan Kenmile Boldin Sr. (born October 3, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver who spent 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.
Boldin was the 2003 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was selected to three Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens. In 2015, he was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year for his community service.
• Andre Maurice Waters (March 10, 1962 – November 20, 2006) was an American football safety who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) from 1984 to 1995.
Waters was born in Belle Glade, Florida and grew up in extreme poverty in rural Florida, and attended Pahokee High School. Waters received some attention in high school but ended up attending Cheyney University at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Waters was recognized as All-PSAC three straight years.
• Louis Oliver, III (born March 9, 1966) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Oliver played college football for the University of Florida, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.
Oliver was born in Belle Glade, Florida in 1966. He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, and was a standout high school football player for the Glades Central Raiders.
• Santonio Holmes Jr. (born March 3, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State University. In 2009, Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII as the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals. In 2010, Holmes was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets’ fifth round pick. Holmes also played a season for the Chicago Bears.
Holmes attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. Santonio graduated from Glades Central High School in 2002 with a 3.4 GPA. Holmes attended Ohio State University where he was red shirted when the Buckeyes won the 2002 National Championship. Holmes caught 140 passes for 2,295 yards and 25 touchdowns, while gaining 3,123 all-purpose yards. His 140 career receptions and 3,496 yards were ranked the fifth highest totals in school history at the time. His 25 touchdown catches ranked him third in the NCAA.
• Reidel Clarence Anthony (born October 20, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1997 to 2001. Anthony played college football for the University of Florida, and received consensus All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
Anthony was born in Pahokee, Florida, in 1976. He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida, and he was a stand-out high school football player for the Glades Central Raiders.
He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 2009.