LEGENDS CLASS OF 2021
DR. HERVEY CLECKLEY
Before he became known as “doctor,” Augusta’s Hervey Cleckley was a standout athlete and student at Richmond Academy. After starting his collegiate career at Princeton, Cleckley transferred to Georgia in 1922, and became a star football halfback and captain of the track team. His academic excellence led to a Rhodes Scholarship at England’s University of Oxford, where he earned a second bachelor’s degree and helped pioneer the study of multiple personality disorders. The psychiatrist is perhaps best-known for co-authoring the book "The Three Faces of Eve" which was made into a popular movie.
JAMES "AL" LUCAS
At Troy State University, Macon native Al Lucas was the 1999 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in NCAA Division I-AA. He was a unanimous All-America selection. After making the team as an undrafted free agent, Lucas played in twenty games for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He also played in the Arena Football League helping the Arizona Rattlers win the ArenaBowl. Al was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. But sadly, Lucas passed away at the age of 26 from injuries suffered in an AFL game.
ROBERT "BOB" MONTAG
Robert "Bob" Montag, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio became a slugging star of the Atlanta Crackers baseball team during the 1950’s. In eight seasons with the Crackers, the left-handed slugger thrilled fans his towering home runs. Bob once blasted a bomb over the wall at Ponce De Leon Park that landed in a moving train car that ended up in Nashville, Tennessee some 500 miles away. Overall Montag hit 113 home runs with the Crackers including a club record 39 in 1954.
Atlanta’s Escue Rodgers graduated Morris Brown College and began teaching and coaching at Cedar Hill High School in Cedartown. During the 1940’s and early ‘50’s, Rodgers led the Panthers to 4 GIA State Championships compiling an impressive 83-36-7 record. Escue died in 1978, and in 1996, his name was placed on Cedartown High’s “Wall of Honor” in recognition of outstanding leadership, athletic achievement and community contributions.