(WXYZ) — The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced its inductees for the class of 2020, headlined by Calvin Johnson and Chauncey Billups.
The inductees were selected by a statewide task force which includes current and former journalists, former sports executives and a public online vote. It was then approved by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors.
“Even though we couldn’t gather in person to honor this outstanding class, whose members are among the most revered names in sports in our state, we will be proud to recognize them with an induction ceremony as soon as it’s safe to host an event, hopefully in 2021” Hall of Fame Chair Scott Lesher said in a release. “We thank the thousands of Michigan sports fans who took part in our voting process this year.”
The entire class is below.
Chauncey Billups – Detroit Pistons championship point guard who won the MVP in the 2004 NBA Finals
Calvin Johnson, Jr. – Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Detroit Lions
Shane Battier – Two-time NBA champion who played at Detroit Country Day and won Michigan's "Mr. Basketball" before going to Duke.
Jordyn Wieber – Olympic Gold Medalist with 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team from DeWitt.
Margo Jonker – Central Michigan University softball coach from 1980-2019 who with 10 conference tournament titles
Pete Schmidt – Record-setting championship football coach at Albion College and Okemos High School
Tom Kowalski – Longtime Detroit Lions writer for the Oakland Press and Booth Newspapers
Mary Schroeder – Pioneering Detroit Free Press sports photographer who captured iconic images of memorable championship moments
Ralph Wilson, Jr. – From Detroit, he founded the Buffo Bills in the AFL and owned the team for his life. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.