Adams Nominated to State Sports Hall of Fame

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Gary Adams during his days as a Philadelphia Eagle in the NFL.
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Former Piggott Mohawk and Arkansas Razorback standout, Gary Adams, has been nominated for induction into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Adams played quarterback for the undefeated Piggott Mohawk teams his junior and senior year. Starting as a sophomore, midway through the 1962 season, the Mohawks never lost a game after he was named the starting quarterback. Doubling as defensive back, Adams once intercepted five passes in the 1963 game against Marked Tree.

Following high school, he was an All-State selection and was selected to play quarterback for the East Team in the 1965 High School All Star Game, where he made the game-winning touchdown pass to future Razorback standout, Gordon McNulty.

Gary Adams during his days as a Piggott Mohawk
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In 1965, Adams worked-out at quarterback and returned punts during his freshman season at the University of Arkansas. In 1966 he moved to defense, and lettered as a Razorback from 1966 through 1968. He was also named as a first team All-Southwest Conference standout his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

As a sophomore, Adams led the Southwest Conference in interceptions with a total of seven in that single season. His record is still tied for second overall for interceptions a season in the history of Razorback football. Two of those interceptions were in the fourth quarter against Texas, helping to seal a 12-7 Razorback victory over the Longhorns. He was named the Outstanding Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year in the Southwest Conference and also was named Honorable Mention All-American.

During his senior season in 1968, Adams was named defensive team captain of the Razorbacks, ending his time as a Hog with 13 career interceptions. At the time it stood as a school record, and today it remains the second highest career total in the University of Arkansas history, only surpassed by Steve Atwater’s 14.

Gary Adams during his playing days for the Arkansas Razorbacks
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During his career as a Razorback, Adams compiled a 22-8-1 record; tied for the 1968 Southwest Conference title; and, defeated No. 4 Georgia in the 1969 Sugar Bowl. In 1969, Adams was selected to play in the All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla.; and making the most of the exposure he was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 12th round of the 1969 NFL draft.

In the years since his playing career ended, he was named to the 1960’s All-Decade Team by the Arkansas Razorbacks, and was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2011.

Gary served as the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame president in 2004, though he has never been nominated for induction into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Fellow Mohawk alum, Joe Cole, will be providing membership applications to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Mohawk Kick-off celebration on Thursday, Aug. 23, for those wanting to participate in the voting process—or applications can be obtained by contacting Cole at his law office in Piggott.

“In order for the community of Piggott to insure that Gary receives the selection into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Piggott community will need to present a show of support to our local hometown hero,” Cole added. “Become a part of Arkansas Sports History by casting your vote for Gary Adams.”

Those wanting additional information may contact Cole at (901) 246-7647.

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