Ben Leber Headlines Inductees to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is among 10 people being inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame next year.
The group will be inducted Saturday, April 9, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
Also among the group is Steve Heidenreich, the first South Dakotan to run a 4-minute mile, and Doug Schlepp, who ended his basketball career at the School of Mines as South Dakota’s all-time leading collegiate scorer with 2,440 points.
Leber actually was chosen for induction in the 2015 class but couldn’t attend, so he’s being inducted with the 2016 class.
The 1997 Vermillion High School graduate played 10 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Vikings. He also played for the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams. He retired after the 2011 season.
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In addition to the aforementioned inductees, here are the others this year:
Former Hurley and DWU basketball player Greg Hansen
Longtime sports official Rich Hanson
Jefferson High School and USD football player Joe Trudeau
Basketball player Jim Mitchell
Longtime wrestling coach Tom Long
Augustana cross country athlete Patricia Reisdorfer
Former Northern State basketball player and basketball coach Bob Olson