WACO — Nine-time All-Pro NFL punter Shane Lechler, Indiana Pacers assistant general manager Kelly Krauskopf and former Texas A&M football coach Jackie Sherrill are on the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s 20-person primary ballot for the class of 2020.
The TSHOF selection committee also announced its 12-person veteran’s ballot Tuesday.
The induction ceremony will be March 28, 2020, at the Waco Convention Center.
Lechler retired after 18 seasons in the NFL. He led the league in punting five times and is the NFL’s all-time leader in career punting average. He played for the Oakland Raiders (2000-12) and Houston Texans (2013-17). Lechler was a multi-sport standout at East Bernard before coming to A&M (1996-99), earning Associated Press All-America honors his senior season.
Krauskopf, a 1983 Aggie graduate, played three seasons at A&M. Krauskopf was the president and general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever from 2000-17, getting elevated to president in 2012. Krauskopf was hired by the Pacers in December, becoming the NBA’s first female assistant GM.
Sherrill went 52-28-1 at A&M from 1982-89, winning three straight Southwest Conference titles and two Cotton Bowls. He also coached at Washington State, Pittsburgh and Mississippi State, going 180-120-4 overall.
Sherrill was on last year’s ballot, while Lechler and Krauskopf are on the ballot for the first time.
Rounding out the primary ballot are Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer of the Dallas Cowboys; Adrian Beltre, former Texas Ranger third baseman; Leroy Burrell, former Houston sprinter; Michelle Carter, former Texas track athlete; Donald Driver, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver; Robert Griffin III, former Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner; Ken Hitchcock, who coached the Dallas Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup; Priest Holmes, former UT running back who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore; Derrick Johnson, former UT linebacker who played 13 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs; Wes Kittley, Texas Tech track coach; Colt McCoy, former UT quarterback; Carly Patterson, 2004 Olympic all-around winner in gymnastics; Gary Patterson, TCU football coach; Christa Williams, former UT softball pitcher; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans defensive end; Teresa Weatherspoon, former Louisiana Tech head coach and WNBA player; and Sophia Young, former Baylor women’s basketball All-American who led the Lady Bears to 2005 national title.
Making the veteran’s ballot were Robert Brazile (Houston Oilers), Jose Cruz (Houston Astros), Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys), Suzie Snider Eppers (Baylor, basketball and track & field), Jerry Gray (UT football), Roy Hofheinz (Houston Astros owner), Johnny “Lam” Jones (UT football/track), John Newcombe (tennis), Mike Renfro (TCU/Houston Oilers), Johnny Roland (Missouri football/St. Louis Cardinals football), Jerry Sisemore (UT football), Francie Larrieu Smith (Southwestern University track coach).
The TSHOF selection committee also voted to add eight media members to the Hall of Fame with that induction ceremony taking place in either the fall or in 2020. The class includes Denne Freeman who graduated from A&M in 1959 and Charean Williams, who graduated from A&M in 1986.
Freeman, the longtime sports editor for the Associated Press, covered 10 Super Bowls, three Olympic Games and covered the Dallas Cowboys for 30 years. He started his journalist career at The Battalion.
Williams was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last summer. Williams has covered the Cowboys since 1999 for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Pro Football Talk. She has covered 25 Super Bowls and seven Olympic Games. Williams worked at The Eagle from 1987-92.