Former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill was one of six people inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Sherrill, a native of Biloxi, Miss., won a school record 75 games during his 13-year tenure (1991-2003) in Starkville. In his 26 years as a college head coach, he was 180-120-4, including stops at Washington State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M.
“To the state of Mississippi, there’s no question I thank you for giving me the opportunity to be here with this honor tonight,” Sherrill said Saturday during his induction speech. “Mississippi is a very special place with very special people. Growing up on the coast in Biloxi, I learned quite a few things but one was work ethic. To the Mississippi State family, I thank you for taking me and for teaching me how to be a Bulldog.
“One of the most important roles of a coach is to put his players in the right position to succeed. And I was very, very fortunate because all of my coaches from pee wee to junior high, put me in the right place. I always questioned myself if I did the right things, leaving the practice field, but today, many years later, I know I did the right thing because all of the players I have had the opportunity to coach have been very successful.”
Former Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls also was inducted on Saturday. He was a 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.