August 1, 2017 5:02:16 PM
On the weekend of the Mississippi State football team's game against UMass, the school will welcome four former football players and a baseball player to its MSU Sports Hall of Fame. There will be a gala in the Palmeiro Center Friday, Nov. 3 and the honorees will be inducted at halftime of the UMass game.
The four football honorees -- Bill Buckley, Walt Harris, Mario Haggan and John Correro -- are joined by Philip Still in the class.
Buckley, a product of Starkville High School, led the Southeastern Conference in receptions twice in his MSU career that ended in 1973. Buckley was drafted by the New York Jets but returned to the state to work for the Mississippi chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; he was promoted to director in May.
Harris started as a freshman cornerback for legendary coach Jackie Sherrill. He tied the school record with six interceptions as a sophomore on the way to three All-SEC selections in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He still owns a share of the career interceptions record at MSU with 16, a mark Johnthan Banks tied in 2012. Harris went on to a 13-year NFL career with one Pro Bowl selection.
Haggan, a Clarksdale native, was a linebacker on the 1998 SEC West division championship team and continued to a second-team All-America nod in 2000. His 359 career tackles are eighth most in school history; he went on to play 10 NFL seasons.
Correro has been an M Club Alumni Association member for decades, at one point its executive director, after quarterbacking the Bulldogs from 1959-61. He recently retired from his duties on the MSU football radio broadcast.
Still was part of the 1971 baseball team that registered the program's first appearance in the College World Series, coming in his senior season. Still holds the MSU third baseman fielding percentage record at .972 and led the SEC as a senior in runs scored, home runs and RBIs, enough to be named an All-American.
Still died in 2004.