Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2011

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM EDT

By WKBW Sports

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - (GBSHOF, WKBW) BUFFALO, NY – The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 12 member class of 2011.

This marks the 21st class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 240.
Former All-Pro Buffalo Bills lineman Ruben Brown and two time Super Bowl champion, Jim Burt, (Orchard Park, NY) highlight the group.

Brown, the 14th pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, made eight consecutive Pro Bowls during his nine year career with the Bills, while Burt earned one Pro Bowl nomination and captured two Super Bowls – one each with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49’ers.
In addition to Brown and Burt, a former Sabres broadcaster and player, and a host of local legends, highlight the class of 12 new inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Also entering the hall are Jim Lorentz (Hockey), Curtis Aiken (Basketball), Don Colpoys (Amateur Baseball), Phil Mankowski (Baseball), Steve Mesler (Olympian) and Cindy Miller (Golf).

In addition, four other prominent sportsmen – Buffalo 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 – will join the Pride of Western New York – which honors Buffalo-area sports immortals posthumously.

This group will join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, and those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days, who are enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 2011 class will be officially inducted in November (date to be announced) at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow.

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