Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2011

November 9, 2011 Updated Nov 9, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

November 9, 2011 Updated Nov 9, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

Buffalo ( It's one of the biggest nights in local sports the induction of a new class into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Wednesday night the Hall welcomed 12 new members. Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo has more in this edition of SportsBlast 7.0.

This year's class includes former All-Pro Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ruben Brown; two time Super Bowl champion Jim Burt (Giants/49'ers); Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler; former Buffalo Sabres broadcaster and player, Jim Lorentz; local baseball legend Don Colpoys; high school and collegiate basketball star Curtis Aiken (Bennett HS/Pitt); major league baseball player Phil Mankowski (Tigers/Mets); professional golfer and award winning instructor Cindy Miller; Bills fullback Cookie Gilchrist; the inventor of the sport of volleyball William Morgan; one of the founding fathers of the West Side Rowing Club, Michael Broderick and legendary distance runner Lewis "Deerfoot" Bennett. Gilchrist, Morgan, Broderick and Bennett are deceased and will enter the hall as members of the "Pride of Western New York" class.

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