Canton, Ohio – Dec. 12, 2013 – Pro football legend Jackie Slater will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Jackson, Miss., on Thursday, Dec. 19, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Jackie Slater and Wingfield High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Jackson.”
A former high school standout at Wingfield High School, Slater will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 2:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the school’s auditorium, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes.
“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Jackson is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Wingfield High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Slater’s family members and close friends. Jeff Gibson, Wingfield High School football coach, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Jackie Slater “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Jackson.
An offensive tackle from Jackson State University, Slater was a third-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1976 NFL Draft. He went on to become the mainstay of the Rams’ offensive line for the next 20 seasons, which at the time was an NFL record for most seasons with the same team.
A powerful drive blocker known for his work ethic and leadership skills, Slater blocked for seven different 1,000-yard rushers including fellow Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. Slater made 18 playoff game appearances, including Super Bowl XIV. His 259 regular-season games played were the most ever by an offensive lineman when he retired. Slater was a five-time first- or second-team All-Pro selection and seven-time first- or second-team All-NFC choice. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and the St. Louis Rams have retired his No. 78 jersey.
Slater was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
In its third year, Jackie Slater is the 90th Hall of Famer to be recognized by Allstate and the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program. More than 120,000 high school students have enjoyed receiving the “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque from Pro Football Hall of Famers. Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website to view a full list of honorees and learn more about the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate under the ‘Sports’ tab.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enterprises
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport’s history with the largest collection in the world of artifacts and documents. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50 Years 2012-13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises represents the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its members in the creation of commercial ventures, featuring Hall of Famers to serve the mission of the PFHOF to enable football fans and the general public to have greater access and interactions with Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame.
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