MISD announces 2021 Hall of Legends inductees
MIDLAND, TX (KOSA) – Midland ISD announced the Hall of Legends 2021 class on Monday morning. This year’s class is one of the strongest ever, featuring five top athletes who excelled during their stay at Midland ISD and beyond.
This year’s inductees are Cedric Benson, Tevis Herd, Natalie Hinds, Bryce Hoppel and Eric Winston.
Cedric Benson helped the LHS Rebels win state football championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Benson went on to win All-America honors at the University of Texas, where he won the prestigious Doak Walker Award for best running back in college football. . After being drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2005, Benson played for three NFL teams in an eight-year career, scoring 33 touchdowns. Benson died in 2019.
Midland High grad Tevis Herd ran the fastest mile in the 1960 state track and field competition. It was the last time a Bulldog won the state mile championship. Herd was also part of the mile relay team that qualified for the state. Herd is a longtime lawyer in Midland.
Swimmer Natalie Hinds represented MHS and took top swimmer honors at the 2011 UIL 5A State competition. She was an All-American at the University of Florida and recently competed in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, winning a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle team.
Bryce Hoppel has also competed in the recent Olympics, qualifying for the semi-finals in the men’s 800 meters. Hoppel was the MHS State Champion in the 800 in 2016, and also won a medal in the 800 in 2015, as well as in the 1600 meters in 2016. He raced for the University of Kansas, winning All-America honors. before qualifying for the Olympics.
Eric Winston played with Benson on the 1999 and 2000 State Championship football teams at Lee, and was named a High School All-American in 2001. After a decorated career at the University of Miami, he played a offensive tackle in the NFL for 12 years. in matches for four different teams. Winston was president of the NFL Players Association from 2014 to 2020.
“It’s an exceptional class,” said Blake Feldt, executive director of athletics. “The accomplishments of these athletes are something to be proud of, not only for the school district, but for the entire town of Midland. “
Inductees will be recognized at the start of the MHS / LHS football game on October 22.
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