WINGO, RICH

RICH WINGO

Inducted:  August 10, 1991 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth:  July 16, 1956 in Elkhart, IN

High School Attended:  Elkhart Central        Graduated:  1974

High School Honors:  1973 Most Valuable Player Award and Jack Douberteen Memorial Award; named to All-Northern Indiana Conference Defensive Unit; All-State Team junior and senior years; leading tackler 1972-1973 seasons; played in North-South All-Star Game 1974.

College Attended:  University of Alabama    Graduated:  1979

College Honors:  Pre-season All-American 1977; played for the legendary coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant, winning the National Championship after beating Penn State in the Sugar Bowl 1978.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played for Green Bay Packers 1979-1986; was Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player in his first season; elected to Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest All-Rookie Teams 1979; in 1982, was the Packer's NFL Man of the Year; still holds the record for the most unassisted tackles in one season of 151; an injury cut his professional career short.

Special Recognition:  Head strength and conditioning coach for University of Alabama 1986-1989; awarded Most Outstanding Coach of Year at Alabama for the 1986-1987 season; president of his company, R.A. Wingo, Inc.; was not only a standout on the football field, but also gave of his valuable time in helping others connected with the Cerebral Palsy Center in Green Bay; helped with the March of Dimes, the Red Cross, the Boys Club, Special Olympics, and Muscular Dystrophy Association; serves on Board of Directors for the Boys Club of Tuscaloosa.

Family:  Wife, Cheri; son, Jake