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Texas Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2017 class of inductees

In a ceremony on Tuesday, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2017, which includes eight distinguished athletes from a handful of sports.

Among the inductees was Darren Woodson, a former defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. Woodson played for Arizona State before being selected in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Cowboys. His entire football career was spent in Dallas, where he helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles (1992, 1993 and 1995). He also earned three first-team All-Pro selections (1994, 1995 and 1996).

Eric Metcalf also made the list of inductees. Metcalf attended the University of Texas-Austin, where he competed in both football and track and field. For his football career, Metcalf was a three-time All-SWC player, and was named SWC Player of the Year after the 1987 season. For track and field, he won the NCAA national long jump title in 1986 and 1988 and SWC titles in long jump in 1986 and 1987. He was a five-time All American selection in track as well. Metcalf played for a number of NFL teams, and over the course of his career was named a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection (1993, 1994, and 1997).

The other six inductees include: Rita Buck-Crockett (Houston Cougars women's volleyball), Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M and Los Angeles Rams defensive back), Pat Henry (Texas A&M University track and field coach), the late Flo Hyman (Houston Cougars women's volleyball), Nastia Liukin (2008 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion), and Wade Phillips (Denver Broncos defensive coordinator).

--Meaghan Latella