Thursday, September 9, 2010
Strickland receives Hall of Fame honor
David “Nub” Strickland had a special visitor last month bringing well-deserved recognition.
On Friday, Aug. 27, Johnny Allen, president of Northeast Mississippi Community College, came to Holly Springs to present Strickland with a plaque and medallion, commemorating his recent induction into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
“Congratulations on your induction into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame,” wrote Howell Garner, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Foundation, in a letter to Strickland. “I know that your family members are especially proud of you for this recognition of your past accomplishments as an athlete at your community college.”
Strickland was a captain on the 1950 Northeast Tiger football team, where he was a two-way player at offensive and defensive end. Following a two-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps, he returned to Northeast to continue his football career. He was a captain of the 1953 squad, which made him the first two-time football team captain. He was twice named to the junior college All-State team. Strickland’s number 88 jersey has been retired by Northeast.
Strickland attended Memphis State University from 1957-58, where he starred on the gridiron, enough to garner offers to play professional football. Strickland spent time in the CFL with the Ontario Golden Bears for two years, before finishing his pro career with the Denver Broncos.
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