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Eddie Johnson
Eddie Johnson attended Dougherty Comprehensive High School, where he was an accomplished football player and a basketball and track standout. Johnson was a four-year starter at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, earning the nickname "The Assassin." After being drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Collegiate Draft, Johnson played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns (1981- 1990). He was a mainstay on the Browns special teams before he took over the starter's job in 1983. He captained the Browns for five of the 10 years he played. Aside from his play on the field, Johnson was a willing volunteer for many charitable organizations in the community throughout his career. He was recently named the Alumni of the Year by the Cleveland Touchdown Club for his contributions to local charities. Johnson has a football camp each year where 150 to 200 kids attend. It is said to be one of the best camps in the country. Ten to 15 former Browns are usually present at each daily practice for the entire week. Johnson has four children and resides in Brookpark, Ohio. He presently works for a local .morttgage company as a marketing director and serves as a consultant for Royal Chevy in Aurora, Ohio.


Aileen Connor
Aileen Connor began her career in tennis at a young age, playing in city recreational programs and at the Albany YMCA. She attended Albany High School, where she played basketball and tennis, lettering in each. Connor qualified for the state tennis pIayoffs aII four years. In 1961, she was a AAA State Doubles Champion. Connor attended Woman's College of Georgia, where she was a member of the basketball all star team and the "A" tennis club. She received a degree in health and physical education. When Connor returned to Albany, she played in a number of local tournaments, shining with honors. Connor then made a decision to retire from active tennis competitions, in order to give complete dedication to teaching and coaching. She became an educator at Mcintosh Middle School and later began her coaching career at Westover High School. In the beginning, she coached basketball, tennis and cheerleaders. Out of her 27 years of coaching tennis, the school had 25 winning seasons. Connor retired from the Dougherty County School System in 1995, after enjoying a rewarding career that taught her self discipline and compassion for others. She is known for her ability to stress the love of the game and good sportsmanship to all of her players. Westover girls tennis team went to the final four in team tennis four years in a row when it began in the early 1990's just before Connor retired. Many Westover individuals played in state competition prior to team tennis.


Hollis Stanford
Hollis Stanford In 1937 Hollis Stanford came to Albany High School as head coach of both the boys and girls basketball teams, and assistant football coach. The boys basketball team consistently won the Second District title, and the football team went undefeated until 1940. Stanford also coached the tennis team, which won Second District championship in both singles and doubles. From 1940 through the early 1970s, Stanford took motion pictures of all the high school football games. The early movies were taken as Stanford sat on the edge of the stadium roof. For many years, these films promoted fellowship and good relations among coaching staffs of the local high schools, as the football coaches would meet at Stanford's home on Sunday nights to review these historical films. After retiring from his coaching career, Stanford became an employee of Bobs Candies, where he worked for 39 years. He was appointed to the Dougherty County Board of Education in 1957 and served for 12 year. Stanford was also an active member of the Lions Club and was named Lion of the Year for the 1970s. He had a lifetime interest in Albany sports and civic affairs.


Michael Reid
Michael Reid was not only a tremendous athlete in igh school and college, but he was also an outtanding student academically. The awards and honors add up to compile a long list of accomplishents. Named Senior Class President, Reid also was a member of numerous clubs nd organizaions and was elected to Who's Who Among American High School Students. Reid lettered in basketball, track and football. He was also quite involved in his community. Reid attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was very involved in the student body and, of course, in athletics. Reid was a member of the 1st Team All Big Ten Football Team, MVP for the University of Wisconsin, a member of the Leonard's Losers Super Squad, Come Back Player of the Year, and was Honorable Mention All Big Ten Football Team. He set a variety of records, both on the school campus and through national rankings. Today, Reid plays for the Atlanta Falcons and enjoys reading, making rugs, karate, listening to music and playing basketball. Reid is also a gifted motivational speaker and makes the most of the knowledge he has gained from the tremendous success he has enjoyed througtlouj his career.
Board of Directors
 
Frank Demming, Brandon Seely, Ducky Wall,
Jerry Brimberry, Alice Coachman Davis, Pat Field,
Hill Gillespie, Geoff Gray, Jennifer Morrell,
Frank Orgel, Larry Owens, John Davis, Pat Field,
 Bob Geiger, Dennis Hester, Joe James,

Hilton Longshore, Helen McCorvey, Michelle Oaks, B.B. Rhodes, John Vansant, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Paul Robertson, Billy Swilly, Wilber Wright.

 
Selection Committee
 
  Back Row L-R: Ferrell Henry, Paul Eames, Frank Orgel,
Gordon Dixon, Middle Row L-R: Glen Singfield,
Bob Fowler, B.B. Rhodes, Front Row L-R:
Betsy Seely, Judy Powell.
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