Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Sets Schedule for Leslie Frazier's Induction

JACKSON, Mississippi – Alcorn State University football legend Leslie Frazier will be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) on Aug. 4-5, 2017.

The MSHOF weekend begins with the "Drawdown of Champions" Friday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. to honor Frazier as one of six new inductees. The party offers food from Jackson area restaurants, libations, a silent auction and a chance to win cash in the drawdown. Tickets are $50 each and additional numbers for the draw are $25 each. Dress is casual for the evening and is held at the museum.

Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m., the class of 2017 and other Hall of Famers will be back at the museum to sign autographs and meet fans. Regular museum prices of $5 for adults, $3.50 for students and kids 5 and under are free will apply.

The Induction Banquet, presented by Sanderson Farms and the Sanderson Farms Championship, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex and includes an open bar reception for the Inductees prior to the dinner at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $125 each for the reception and banquet.

Frazier will be honored along with former Clarion-Ledger sports columnist Rick Cleveland, former Jackson State baseball coach/athletic director Bob Braddy, former Ole Miss women's basketball player Eugenia Conner, who was inducted posthumously, former Oklahoma and Southern Miss running back Marcus Dupree, and former Mississippi State baseball player Jay Powell, who coaches at Jackson Academy.

For more information on the MSHOF induction ceremony, contact executive director Bill Blackwell at 601-982-8264.

About Frazier
Frazier has excelled in athletics at every level starting early in high school earning nine letters at Stephen D. Lee in Columbus, three each in baseball, basketball and football.

Highly recruited, Frazier chose Alcorn and was an All-SWAC selection in baseball and in football under Hall of Fame coach Marino Casem. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 1981 where he teamed up with fellow Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Tyrone Keys to win Super Bowl XX.

His coaching career began at small Trinity International University and has been extremely successful including winning Super Bowl XLI as a coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Frazier served as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2010 to 2013 and currently works for the Buffalo Bills as the defensive coordinator.

Frazier at Alcorn
Frazier made an immediate impact as a freshman at Alcorn in 1978. Playing for Coach Casem, he intercepted six passes and wrapped-up 62 tackles to help the Braves finish with a winning record.

Frazier had a breakout season the next year as he picked off a school-record nine passes, a record that still stands. He was part of a defense that limited the opposition to just 108.7 yards per game and 10.7 points per outing. Frazier ended with 44 tackles and 26 pass break-ups. He helped lead the Braves to the 1979 SWAC Championship.

In his final season as a Brave in 1980, Frazier led the team in interceptions with a total of five and recorded 49 tackles. He also returned 14 punt returns and scored one for a touchdown.

Frazier ranks second in school history in interceptions with 20 which is also sixth in the SWAC record book.

Frazier's Postseason Football Accolades at Alcorn
• 1978 All-SWAC Honorable Mention
• 1979 All-SWAC First-Team
• 1979 NCAA All-America First-Team
• 1979 AFCA All-America First-Team
• 1979 NAIA All-District Team
• 1980 All-SWAC Second-Team
• 1980 NAIA All-District Team
• 1980 SBN All-Star Game Participant


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