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NJCAA Football Hall of Fame Releases Inductees of 2011 Class
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Coaches Association is pleased to announce four newcomers to its Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductee class includes two former players that went on to stardom in the National Football League and Arena Football League as well as the NJCAA’s 1972 National Championship team and its head coach.
Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) alum Eddie Brown, who excelled for nine years in the Arena Football League, and NFL record holder and North Iowa Area Community College alum MarTay Jenkins highlight the 2011 class.
Along with the two former players, longtime Arizona Western College head coach Ray Butcher and his 1972 AWC Matadors national title team completes this year’s class of inductees.
Player; Fort Scott Community College, Kan. (1987-88)
Brown, a native of Miami, Fla., was an All-Conference performer and NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American in 1988 at Fort Scott. In his two seasons with the Greyhounds he recorded 67 receptions for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns.
After Fort Scott, Brown excelled at Louisiana Tech where he emerged as one of the best playmakers in the NCAA. During his junior season he ranked 17th nationally with 11.8 yards per return. For his two seasons with the Bulldogs, he recorded 76 receptions for 1,126 yards and nine touchdowns. He also recorded 25 kickoff returns for 504 yards and one touchdown, 28 punt returns for 398 yards and one touchdown and six carries for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Brown then moved on to the Arena Football League, joining the Albany Firebirds in 1994. He would play 10 seasons with the Firebirds, including their move to Indiana, until retiring in 2003. During his tenure in the AFL he became the league’s most prolific player. He currently is the AFL’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (303), career receptions (949) and career receiving yards (12,726) and ranked second in scoring (2,070).
He was twice named the AFL MVP (1996, 1999) and helped lead the Firebirds to the 1999 and 2001 Arena Bowl.
In celebration of the AFL’s 20th season in 2006, Brown was voted by league executives, coaches and media as the greatest player in the league’s history. Brown was No. 1 on the top 20 players in the history of the AFL….some 10 spots in front of now NFL legendary quarterback Kurt Warner.
In August of 2011, Brown was named as an Inductee into the AFL Hall of Fame. He will be part of formal ceremony during the 2012 AFL Kickoff Weekend.
After an assistant coaching stint at Fort Scott till 2010, Brown is now in his first season as the head football coach at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan. His son, Antonio Brown, is currently a wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Player, North Iowa Area Community College (1993-94)
Jenkins, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, was a two-time All-Region 11 performer for North Iowa Area Community College in the mid-1990’s. He was a key player on the Trojans’ RC Cola Bowl team in ’93, catching a 74-yard touchdown pass in a 43-20 win over Harper (Ill.).
Jenkins then transferred to NCAA DII Nebraska-Omaha and sat out a season due to injury before recording 102 receptions for 2,268 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns during two seasons with the Mavericks. His talents landed him a spot in the high profile Blue vs. Grey All-Star Game, despite the fact the event is billed as a showcase of Division I players.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys but was released during training camp only to be picked up by the Arizona Cardinals. Jenkins would play four seasons with Arizona and made a name for himself in the NFL as a kick-return specialist.
In December of 2000, Jenkins set two NFL records in a 44-10 Cardinals loss to Jacksonville. He broke the record for kickoff returns in a season (82) and kickoff return yards in a season (2,186). In 2001 he caught 32 passes for 518 yards and three touchdowns in addition to racking up 1,120 yards in kickoff returns.
After brief stints in the AFL and Canadian Football League, Jenkins founded Stand Out Sports, which is an athletic training company in Arizona.
Head Coach, Arizona Western College
Butcher spent nearly 40 years as a member of Arizona Western College. He was the head football coach of the Matador program for nine seasons and served two other seasons as an assistant before taking over as athletic director from his retirement in football in 1986 until 2000.
During his coaching tenure at AWC, Butcher led the Matadors to five consecutive bowl game appearances (1968-72), two of which came in the NJCAA Football Championship Game. While he led at least two of his football teams to the top of the NJCAA Football Poll during the regular season, the 1972 campaign was his finest. The Matadors went through the regular season without a loss behind a defense that allowed less than 12 points a game. An 11-0 season was capped off with a resounding 36-8 victory over Fort Scott CC (Kan.) in the 1972 El Toro Bowl and the program’s only national championship.
Butcher was named the 1972 NJCAA Football Coach of the Year and also earned Arizona Junior College Coach of the Year honors.
From 1968-72 Butcher led the Matadors to a 45-5 record. He finished his AWC coaching career with an overall record of 61-25. He also served as the president of the Western States Football League for nine seasons.
After the 1972 season, Butcher departed AWC to become the offensive coordinator at Utah State University and spent three years with the Aggies. He returned to the two-year college ranks as head coach at the College of the Desert in California, winning a pair of Desert Conference titles over a six year stretch.
Overall, Butcher posted a 91-53 mark as a head coach in two-year college football.
1972 NJCAA Football Champions
Arizona Western College
For fans of Arizona Western College, the 1972 Matador football team was arguably AWC’s greatest team ever in any sport. Led by head coach Ray Butcher, AWC entered the 1972 with high expectations after back-to-back El Toro Bowl wins in 1970 and ’71 and an appearance in the NJCAA Football Championship Game in ‘69.
After breezing through their regular season schedule, the Matadors dominated Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) in a 36-8 victory in the 1972 El Toro Bowl at Kofa High School in Yuma, Ariz. It gave the program their first-ever perfect season at 11-0, and gave Butcher the chance to hoist his first-ever national championship trophy.
Arizona Western was led that season by a stingy defense that allowed just 188.3 yards of total offense from opponents. Linebacker Ron Davis was the leader on the defensive side for AWC that season and earned First-Team NJCAA All-American honors. Offensively, the Matadors were one of the top rushing teams in the nation in ‘72, averaging 231.3 rushing yards a contest. John Segretti played a critical role in opening up holes for Matador running backs and was also named a First-Team All-American.
The Matador roster that season featured several All-Conference players. Tight end Brian Adam, running back Larry Bates, guard Bill Moody, offensive tackle John Trujillo and defensive back Reggie Pearson all earned both NJCAA Region 1 and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference accolades. Adam, Haynes, Bates along with Davis and Segretti also earned J.C. Gridwire All-American honors.
The 1972 Arizona Western Matadors will be honored this December at festivities for the much anticipated return of the El Toro Bowl, which came to a halt after the ’72 season. In conjunction with the reformation of the bowl game, AWC is set to honor the 1972 National Championship team as the first inductee to its inaugural athletic Hall of Fame class.
ABOUT the NJCAA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION
The NJCAA Football Coaches Association is an organization of football coaches from NJCAA member institutions. The membership consists of all dues paying coaches. Annual dues to this organization are $70. The group meets annually, conducting their business in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
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