Tedy Bruschi has been busy as an NFL analyst for ESPN, especially with the Super Bowl a little more than a week away. So it’s no surprise he won’t be able to attend tonight’s Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
But organizer TC Martin promises a special video message from Bruschi, who heads the fledgling group’s second class of inductees.
Bruschi, a standout football player at Roseville High School, went on to star at the University of Arizona and played for three Super Bowl champions in 13 seasons with the New England Patriots. Bruschi suffered a mild stroke in 2005 but was able to return and was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
The other inductees:
• Steve Sax, who was the 1982 National League Rookie of the Year and played 14 years in the majors for four teams. He also was a five-time All-Star.
• Debbie Meyer, who won three swimming gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City when she was still a student at Rio Americano High School.
• Leron Lee, who played eight seasons in the major leagues for four teams before becoming one of the top American baseball players in Japan.
• Jeff Float, who won a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The initial class of inductees included Dusty Baker (baseball), Bill Cartwright (basketball), Kevin Johnson (basketball), Tony Lopez (boxing) and Summer Sanders (swimming).
Tickets for tonight’s event at Thunder Valley Casino are $89.50 and can be purchased at the casino or online via www.ticketmaster.com.
Sacramento runners to be inducted
The Sacramento Running Association is inducting eight athletes into its Hall of Fame today.
Tim Twietmeyer (five-time Western States 100 winner), Al Baeta (former track coach), Lindsay Hyatt Barr (Placer High, Stanford), Patti Gray (UC Davis, California International Marathon winner in 1987), Harold Kuphaldt (Bella Vista), Heike Skaden Mansoor (Encina), John Mansoor (CIM co-founder) and Michael Stember (Jesuit, Stanford) will be honored during a ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento at 6 p.m. Tickets ($50) can be purchased at www.runsra.org and at the event.
Sac State hires defensive coordinator
Sacramento State hired former Weber State football coach Jody Sears as its new defensive coordinator.
Sears coached the last two seasons at Weber State and was fired after going 4-19 overall and 3-13 in the Big Sky Conference. He initially was hired as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator in 2012 but replaced John L. Smith as coach shortly after when Smith abruptly departed to coach at Arkansas.
Sears has been a defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington and co-defensive coordinator at Washington State under Paul Wulff, the former Davis High School player and 49ers assistant coach who now is the offensive coordinator at South Florida.
Sears replaces Anthony Parker, the Hornets’ defensive coordinator the last four seasons who will remain on staff and coach safeties.
Sac State, which went 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Big Sky last season, ranked 10th among 14 teams in scoring defense (33.2 points) and total defense (446.9 yards). Weber State was last in both categories.
– Bee Sports staff