SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports activities) – 5 new members had been inducted into the Utah Sports activities Corridor of Fame Monday night time, headlined by former Actual Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando and 5-time NFL Professional Bowl lineman Haloti Ngata.
Skilled golfer Jay Don Blake, Olympic water polo participant Courtney Younger Johnson, and collegiate monitor All-American Teri Okelberry Spiers had been additionally inducted.
Ngata, a Highland Excessive College graduate, was the twelfth total select of the College of Oregon by the Baltimore Ravens within the 2006 NFL Draft. He went on to play 13 seasons for the Ravens, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. Ngata helped Baltimore win the Tremendous Bowl in 2012.
“I couldn’t think about this once I was younger,” Ngata mentioned. “Rising up and going to Highland, I by no means thought I’d find yourself right here. I’m simply fortunate and blessed to have an ideal profession, come again dwelling and be part of this.”
Nicknamed “The Wall of the Wastch,” Rimando performed 13 seasons for Actual Salt Lake, and have become maybe the best goalkeeper in Main League Soccer historical past. Rimando is the all-time chief in wins, saves and shutouts. He helped RSL win the 2009 MLS Cup, and is the primary skilled soccer participant to be inducted into the Utah Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
“That’s massive, proper? It’s an honor. It was a shock, actually, to get that decision. To retire in 2019, after which to be honored in a metropolis that you simply’ve completed a lot for the game. Town means a lot to me.”
St. George native and Utah State product Jay Don Blake received a PGA Tour occasion in 1991 at Torrey Pines, turning into the final native golfer to win a PGA occasion till Tony Finau received in 2016. Blake made 499 begins on the PGA Tour, and tied for sixth place within the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside.
Teri Okelberry Spiers received 14 particular person and state championships as a three-sport star in monitor, volleyball and basketball. She went on to star at Weber State College, the place she helped the Wildcats win a Massive Sky Convention volleyball championship and was a three-time All-American in monitor and area.
Courtney Younger Johnson, a Salt Lake Metropolis native and Skyline Excessive graduate, earned a silver medal on the first ever ladies’s Olympic water polo competitors in 2000, representing america.
The induction ceremony was hosted by ABC4’s Wesley Ruff.