Former Vol and Major Leaguer Todd Helton was the featured speaker at Thursday's Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Ten new members were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The inductees were Powell and Vols offensive lineman John Bruhin, former Vols and NFL lineman David Douglas, MLB pitcher Atlee Hammaker, Alcoa native and former Tennessee basketball coach Wade Houston, long-time Central High School football coach Joel Helton, two-time Olympic Gold medalist basketball player Nikki McCray, Webb tennis coach Jimmy Pitkanen, Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Peter Oppegard, Olympic silver medalist swimmer Jenna Johnson and track coach/official Jerry Wrinkle.
Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer accepted the Chad Pennington Pro Athlete of the Year award on behalf of Peyton Manning. Fulmer got a loud cheer from the crowd when reading Manning's accomplishments he said in 1997 Manning won nearly every national award then added that he hasn't paid attention to the Heisman since then because of that.
Former Tennessee cornerback Inky Johnson received the Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award.
The inaugural Will McKamey Spirit Award was given to former Anderson County Mavericks quarterback Tyler Hicks.
Todd Helton received the Thanks for the Memories Award and was the featured speaker. He told several stories from his 17-year major league career in which he set many Colorado Rockies franchise records and flirted with hitting .400 in the summer of 2000 when he won the batting title with a .372 average.
Helton played football at Central High School under his uncle Joel Helton who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Knoxville native started three games at quarterback for the Vols in 1994 before giving way to freshman Peyton Manning.