Two Former Student-Athletes to be Enshrined into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
July 15, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - Former Oregon State University student-athletes Bill 'Earthquake' Enyart and A.C. Green headline this year's induction class into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The 24th annual event will be held Sat., Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Center for Performing Arts in the Newmark Theatre.
Enyart came to Oregon State after an outstanding prep career at Medford High School. He earned all-conference honors in 1967 and '68, and added an All-Coast honor as a senior in '68. Enyart also excelled in the classroom where he earned first team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors twice on his way to graduating from OSU with a degree in economics. The former fullback currently ranks fourth at OSU for career rushing with 2,155 yards and his 1968 total of 1,304 yards is fourth for a single season. Enyart, who was a member of the famed 'Giant Killers' team, rushed for 299 yards in a 1968 game against Utah, a school record and currently the fourth-highest total ever in the Pacific-10 Conference. Following his OSU career he played in the Coaches All-America Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, College All-Star Game, and the Hula Bowl. He was named the Hula Bowl's Most Outstanding Back. Enyart was a second round NFL draft selection of the Buffalo Bills, playing two seasons, before his career was ended by a knee injury in 1971 while with the Oakland Raiders. Enyart was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Green is a native of Portland and attended Benson Tech High School. He led Benson to the state title and he was named the Oregon Player of the Year in 1981 after averaging 26 points per game. The forward went on to letter four years at OSU (1982-85) where he was selected to the Pac-10 Conference's All-Freshman team and was a three-year member of the all-conference team. He was named the league's MVP as a junior in 1984. Green, who earned a degree in speech communication at OSU, currently ranks fourth at the school for career scoring with 1,694 points. He was a 1985 first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and earned a championship ring with the team. His most memorable feat as a professional was establishing a new NBA consecutive games played mark at 1,192. Green's NBA career also included stints with Phoenix, Dallas, and Miami. He was voted a starter in the 1990 NBA All-Star game. Green, who founded the A.C. Green Foundation, was recently inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for excellence both on and off the court. He was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
The induction of Enyart and Green brings OSU's total to 63 individual members in the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Three OSU teams have also been inducted.
Enyart and Green will be joined in this year's induction class by former University of Oregon golfer Peter Jacobsen, University of Portland soccer head coach Clive Charles, Portland State University softball coach Teri Mariani, and Olympic fencer Michael Marx.
The ceremony is open to the public, but tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Hall of Fame and Museum at 321 SW Salmon Street or by phone at (503) 227-7466 (ext. 814). Doors open at 6 p.m. for the black tie gala event.