Kobe Bryant headlines 2020 Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Nominees

Philadelphia: It is always interesting to see the process of who determines who gets elected into any sports hall of fame & here in Philly there are some very good names that should get the recognition.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame would announce their Nominees for the class of 2020 & they are as follows


2020 Nominees

Bo Ryan
Bob Rigby
Brendan Hansen
Cherie Greer Brown
Deron Cherry
Earl Strom
Frank Wychek
Gary Williams
Jerry Sisemore
Kobe Bryant
Lisa Raymond
Mark Recchi
Mike Teti
Richard Hamilton
Rick Tocchet
Rod Brind’Amour
Sue Day Stahl
Tim Witherspoon
Yolanda Laney


2020 Heritage Nominees

Adele Boyd
Battling Levinsky
Charles Cooper
Charles Moore
Cy Williams
Ed Bolden
Frank Spellman
Harry Davis
Harry Schuh
Herman Frazier
James Juvenal
Joan Moore
Larry Foust
Olga Dorfner
Sherry Magee
Truxtun Hare
Vic Sears
Zack Clayton

There are a lot of interesting names that deserve to be nominees, the one name that jumps right out is Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant passed away back in January from a helicopter accident in Los Angeles that took him, his daughter Gianna & 7 others. Kobe played 20 years with the Lakers & 5-time champion, The 2nd of 5 titles that Kobe won came in 2001 when the Lakers took down the Sixers in 5 games in the NBA Finals. Kobe made his name in Philly by playing high school at Lower Merion. Kobe was named All-Star Game MVP when the game came to Philadelphia in 2002.

2002 All-Star Game in Philly

Some of the other notable names on the list that stand out are as follows

Frank Wychek:
Born in Philadelphia & went to Archbishop Ryan High School & was on the Tennessee Titans when the Music City Miracle happened as he was the one that threw the pass to Kevin Dyson for the win over the Bills in the 2000 Playoffs.

Music City Miracle:

Gary Williams:
From the Philly area & went to Collingswood High School & would get recognized for his time as the Head coach at University of Maryland & would lead Maryland to the 2002 National Championship win over Indiana

2002 NCAA Championship game

Bo Ryan:
From the Philly area, went to Chester High School & would get noticed for his time as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin & was named 4-time Big 10 Coach of the Year (2002-03, 2013, 2015) & 2-time National Coach of the Year (2007; 2008). During his 14 years at Wisconsin, he would lead the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in 13 of those 14 seasons including playing for the title game in 2015 where they fell to Duke.

2015 NCAA Title Game

Richard Hamilton:
Grew up in the Philly area by playing at Coatesville High School & he would go on to win the 1999 NCAA Title with Uconn & then in the NBA, Hamilton would win the 2004 NBA Title with the Pistons as the took down the Lakers in 5 games.

2004 NBA Finals

Mark Recchi:
Played on the Flyers from 1991-1994 and 1998-2004, During his 10 years with the Flyers, Recchi played in 602 games, scored 232 goals with 395 assists for 627 points. Recchi made the All-star team 6 times,

Recchi had one of the memorable OT goals in Flyers playoff history with his Triple OT winner in 2003 playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

OT Winner

Rod Brind’Amour:
played on the Flyers from 1991-2000 & during those 9 seasons, played in 633 games & scored in 235 goals with 366 assists for 601 points.

Rod Brind’Amour would represent the Flyers in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game which was played in Philadelphia at the Spectrum & that would be the last time that the NHL All-Star game would be played in Philly.

In 1997, Rod Brind’Amour would score 2 shorthanded goals against the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs at the CoreStates Center

2 Shorthanded goals

Rod Brind’Amour  would get elected into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2015

Rick Tocchet:
played on the Flyers from 1984-1992 & then in 1999-2002, during those 11 years, Tocchet played in 621 games, scored 232 goals with 276 assists for 508 points & was known as being enforcer on the team & would have 1,815 penalty minutes

One of his famous fights was against New Jersey Devils Scott Stevens

below is the link for additional information on the rest of the nominees
2020 Nominees

The 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

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