File Photo Former University of Georgia quarterback and South Gwinnett graduate David Greene was elected to the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame 2012 class.
The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame's third class, headlined by two football stars, a Parkview trio and a successful basketball coach, was finalized this week by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.
This year's most recognizable inductees, who will be honored during the Gwinnett Braves home game on May 5, are two accomplished NFL football players, Brookwood grad Jason Elam and South Gwinnett product David Greene. They will be joined by three people with Parkview ties -- longtime Panther coach and athletic director Karl Bostick, wrestler Scott Hage and multi-sport standout Susan Brandau --as well as current Wesleyan girls basketball coach Jan Azar.
"The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation is extremely excited about our third annual hall of fame celebration," said David Seago, who heads up the GCPS Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "It will be a Saturday evening event this year (the first two were at Sunday G-Braves' games), which will give us the opportunity to make it a more festive environment and logistically easier for the honorees and fans.
"We have a great class selected, which again represents some of the great talent we have had come through this county. The event not only gives us the opportunity to recognize those athletes, but also raise money to benefit the students of our great school system."
Elam had the longest NFL career of any Gwinnett product before retiring after the 2009 season. He kicked for 17 NFL seasons, the last two with the hometown Atlanta Falcons after 15 seasons with the Denver Broncos. He made 436 of 540 career field goals (80.7 percent) and tied an NFL record with a 63-yarder in 1998.
Greene spent four seasons in the NFL, but his greatest accomplishments came at the college level. The Georgia Bulldog great left college with the most career victories by any NCAA starting quarterback and threw for a SEC record 11,528 yards with 72 touchdown passes.
The Parkview inductees include Brandau, a multi-sport star in high school who played college basketball at Duke, and Hage, Georgia's first four-time state champion high school wrestler in the state's highest classification. Hage also was a three-time NCAA qualifier at West Virginia.
Bostick's success came as a coach and athletic director, overseeing the bulk of Parkview's Gwinnett-best 49 state championships. His own boys soccer and cross country teams won 11 of those titles.
Azar's championship run is still going at Wesleyan. Her girls basketball teams have won nine state championships in the past 11 seasons, including the last five in a row.
The Class of 2012 joins an already impressive hall of fame that began in 2010 with inaugural inductees Terry Harvey of Dacula, Matt Stinchcomb of Parkview, Cindy Brogdon of Greater Atlanta Christian, Ida Neal-Smith of Central Gwinnett and boxer Ezzard Charles, a Lawrenceville native.
The second class in 2011 featured current Greater Atlanta Christian basketball coach and Central grad Eddie Martin, Central's Ted Roof, Duluth's George Rogers, Norcross' Mary Ellen Blanchard Warta and Norcross' natives Ivey and Red Wingo, former major league baseball players.