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2005 INDUCTEES

Deion Branch
Anthony Branch was born on July 18, 1979 where he lettered in football and track at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga. He participated in indoor track at Louisville in 2001 and competed in the 60 meter dash (7.1). He also performed on the outdoor squad in the 60 meters, 100 meters and 4x100 relays. Branch hauled in 143 passes for 2,204 yards (15.4 avg) and 18 touchdowns while at the University of Louisville (2000-01). His 143 catches rank sixth on the school's career-record list. He became only the second player in school history to record multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons and earned team MVP honors following the 2000 season. Other accolades included All Conference USA first-team choice, voted Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Offensive Performer for the Cardinals. Branch began his collegiate career at Jones County Junior College. He was elected one of the Cardinals four captains for the 2001 season, All-Conference USA firstteam selection, led the team with 72 receptions for 1,188 yards (16.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns. He closed qut his career with six receptions for 88 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown jn their 28-10 victory over BYU in the Liberty Bowl. Branch earned a major in communications while attending and playing football for the University of Louisville. National Football League Branch was -rafted by the Patriots in the second round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft and signed with the Patriots on July 23, 2002. During his rookie season in 2002, Branch finished second among AFC rookies with 43 receptions and third with 489 yards receiving despite missing the final three games due to injury. Branch earned Rookie of the Month honors for September, 2002 after recording 28 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Branch established his career high for receptions with 13 catches against the San Diego Chargers. It tied the second highest single-game reception total by a rookie wide receiver in NFL history. Wide receiver Don Looney established the mark of 14 catches on Dec. 1, 1940. It also tied the second-highest reception total by a Patriot, equaling the mark set by Terry Glenn on Oct. 3, 1999. Branch also led all AFC rookies and finished sixth among all AFC kickoff return men with a 24.0-yard average in 2002. Branch led the Patriots in 2003 with 57 receptions and 803 receiving yards, with both figures establishing career highs. He was the leading receiver in Super Bowl XXXVIII, grabbing 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers. Branch's 143 yards set a Patriots postseason record and established a career bigh. His 10 receptions tied the Patriots' postseason single-game record Branch's 10 receptions in Super Bowl XXXVIII were tied for the second most in Super Bowl history, one behind the record of 11 catches, shared by Dan Ross (XVI) and Jerry Rice (XXIII). Courtesy New England Patriots Web site at www.patriots.com


Wayne Barfield
Wayne Barfield began his athletic career playing baseball in high school, leading in state scoring and earning an All State recognition. Also participating in American Legion baseball, Barfield earned a trip to the state finals in Augusta, as well as receiving the Most Valuable Player award for both the Moultrie and Tifton tournaments. Barfield scored two homeruns in two games at the 11th Street ball park. His batting average was over 400 for two consecutive years. Having signed a full scholarship to play for and attend the University of Florida, Barfield played freshman baseball as a catcher. He was unable to continue this sport beyond his sophomore year, however, due to a shoulder injury. Barfield was a three-year letterman in football playing as a fullback. but is more notably remembered as a place kicker. Not only did he and a player at the All-SEC, Barfield also set the NCAA record for consecutive extra points in his position as place kicker.


Frank McHann
An active athlete in track, football and baseball, Frank P. McHann's career led him through junior high school and into college. While attending Albany High School, McHann was the State Champion in the 100-yard dash in 1949 and 1950, as well as the State Champion in the 220-yard dash in 1950. He was a member of the All-State track team in 1949 and again in 1950. He worked three years to letter in track. His football career began in junior high, where he played 1st string fullback. Earning another letter in football as a left halfback, McHann participated on the All-Region Football team in 1948 and 1949. He was awarded Honorable Mention All-State in 1949, as well. McHann also played centerfield in baseball on the All-State American Legion team in1949. McHann graduated from Albany High School in 1950. It is for football that McHann earned a scholarship to play for and attend Clemson University. This afforded him the opportunity to play on the team that won their way to the Orange Bowl. Shortly thereafter, McHann joined the Navy. Currently, McRann is a resident of Albany, Ga.


Danny Richard Breeden
Danny Richard Breeden was born June 27, 1942 in Albany, Ga., to his proud parents, Noah and Lillian Breeden. Breeden played as a third baseman then a catcher on the American Legion Baseball under Coach Paul Eames from 1957-58. He also played high school ball for three years at Albany High School where he graduated in 1960. Breeden attended Troy University in Alabama. While attending the university, he signed his first contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963. From the St. Louis Cardinals, Breeden was drafted by the Chicago Cubs during which time he was made a member of the All Star Team in 1964-'66. He played Minor League Baseball for six years, which included the San Diego Padres in 1969. From the minor league, he was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds in 1970 where he was second string catcher to Johnny Bench. Breeden caught a no-hitter against Cincinnati with Ken Holtzman pitching. He was then traded to the Chicago Cubs after only one season with Cincinnati. During his time with the Cubs, Breeden was fortunate to play with his brother, Harold, in Atlanta. Seeing the proud faces of their mom and dad in the audience made all the years of hard training worth while. Breeden remained in the major leagues until 1973 when he played half a season with the Padres. In 1974 he went back to Troy University where he graduated with a degree in business administration


Donald Gerard Aubin
Donald Gerard "Jerry" Aubin is a graduate of Dougherty High School, Class of 1978. During his high school athletic career Aubin was a member of the football team that became the Region 1-AAA champions in 1976. In 1975-'76, they were the city champions. Aubin was made the All-City 1st Team quarterback in 1975 and '76, as well as punter in 1976. In 1977, he earned All-State Team Most Valuable Player, 1-AAA Offensive Player of the Year and All-City 1st Team Quarterback, punter and place-kicker. He was also named High School All-American. In high school baseball, Aubin earned High School Most Valuable Player in 1'975"' and followed it up by playing on the American Legion All-State Tournament Team in 1977, during which time he was also named American Legion Post 30 Most Va!uable Player. Championship in track. From 1975-'77, he ran the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and the 4x100-yard team relay. Also during 1976, Aubin participated in  the state 4x100-yard team relay competition.  Aubin attended University of South Carolina playing on their football team playing quarter back, runningback and wide receiver positions from 1978-'81. He earned an associates degree in applied sciences in 1995 from Georgia Military College then a bachelors degree in technical trade and industrial education in 1998 from Valdosta State  University. Aubin has been working in the  aerospace industry for 17 years and is a member of Masonic Lodge #476 in Kingsland, Ga. He's been married to his wife, Cindy, for 20 years and has three children - Michelle, Mark and Mike - and three grandchildren - Lindsey, Anne, Emily and Taylor.
Board of Directors
 
Joe James, Brenda Horton, Fred Suttles, Jerry Brimberry, Ricky Burdette, Margaret Jo Hogg, Robert Margeson III, Chris Norman, Foy Shemwell, Wilfred Benson, Dennis Hester, Jeffery Field, Bobby Stanford,  Aileen Conner, Dee Mathews, Brandon Seely, Frank Orgel, John Davis, Joe James, B.B. Rhodes, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Wilber Wright, Johnny Seabrooks.
 
Selection Committee
 
   (front row from left) Joe James, Shirley
Brown, Margaret Jo Hogg, Lynn Haggerty, Harold Dean Cook, (second row) Bobby Stanford, Jerry Clark, (third row) Johnny Seabrooks and Gordon Dixon. Not pictured are Frank Orgel, B.B. Rhodes, John Duke and Paul Eames
 
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