In preparation of Liberty's annual Hall of Fame weekend in September, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce recently had a chance to talk with 2017 inductee Richard Shelton.
Five new members will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in September. The Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 will include representatives from football, men's basketball, men's cross country/track & field and softball, as well as Liberty's strength and conditioning program.
The five-member class, the ninth to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football match-up with St. Francis, Pa., on Sept. 30 at Williams Stadium.
Shelton, a two-year starting cornerback and special teams standout, made a lasting impact on the Flames football program and he is still influencing the sport nearly 30 years following his final days in a Liberty uniform.
The Marietta, Ga., native was the recipient of Liberty's "Most Improved Freshman Award" in 1984, and completed the final two years of his career with a combined 100 tackles. He finished his career with 126 tackles (56 solo, 70 assisted), to go along with 11 interceptions and 26 pass breakups.
Shelton's clocked 4.45 40-yard dash speed made him a dynamic part of the Flames' special teams units. He still holds program records for career punt return yardage (563), punt returns for a touchdown (3) and punt return average (12.5 yards per return).
Shelton became the third player in program history to be selected in the NFL Draft when he was taken by the Denver Broncos in the 10th round in 1989. He had a five-year playing career with the Broncos (1989) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1990-93), while also playing one season in the World League of American Football for the Montreal Machine in 1991. Following his days on the gridiron, Shelton has worked as an NFL scout for the last 15 years and was named the 2015 AFC Scout of the Year during one of his 10 years with the Tennessee Titans.