Friday April 6, 2001Nine Former Gators Enshrined into the Hall of Fame
Nine former Gator greats were inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the Touchdown Terrace Friday night.
Th nine 2001 honorees were Nicole Arendt (Tennis), Brad Culpepper (Football), Bruce Culpepper (Football), Mark Everett (Track), Mandell Glicksberg (Faculty Athletic Representative), Kim Helton (Football), Jackie Simpson (Football), Jarvis Williams (Football) and Martin Zubero (Swimming).
The Ben Hill Griffin Awards were also presented at the banquet. The male recipient was senior basketball player Brent Wright and the female recipient was former UF gymnast Chrissy Van Fleet. The award goes to the top UF athlete over a calendar year, with Wright and Van Fleet being honored for their accomplishments in the 2000 calendar year.
The following is a brief bio sketch of each member of the 2001 Hall of Fame Class:
Nicole Arendt earned eight All-America honors during her collegiate career. She is currently third in UF history in career singles wins and career doubles wins. As a senior in 1991, Arendt was named the ITA Senior Player of the Year, was on the ROLEX All-Star team, was on the VOLVO tennis/doubles team of the year and was named UF's NCAA Woman of the Year.
Brad Culpepper ended his collegiate career with 227 total tackles and 18 quarterback sacks. He was the first Florida player to be honored with the Draddy Scholarship trophy which is presented to the nation's premiere scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was also named first team All-American in 1991, was the recipient of the Toyota Leader of the Year Award and was a member of the GTE Academic All-America and CFA Scholar-Athlete Teams.
Bruce Culpepper was a football letterman at UF from 1960 to 1962. He was a member of the 1960 and 1962 Gator Bowl teams and was named co-captain of the 1962 team. Culpepper was also president of the Student Government and the "F" Club while in school at Florida.
Mark Everett was a three-time NCAA Champion while running track for the Gators. Everett was also a nine-time All-American and a 13-time All-SEC selection. While competing for UF, Everett set the school record for the 800 meters (indoor and outdoor), he set the NCAA meet record for the 800 meters in 1990.
Dr. Mandell Glicksberg was a faculty member at the University of Florida for 47 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UF in February of 1949 and he earned his law degree from the University in 1951. He served as Faculty Athletics Representative from the University of Florida to the NCAA and Southeastern Conference 1965-1990 and was on numerous other committees during his time as a faculty member at UF.
Kim Helton made an immediate impact on the Florida team, as he was named to SEC All-Freshman Team in 1967. As a sophomore, he received the team's Most Outstanding Sophomore Award and was named the team's Offensive MVP as a senior in 1970, while leading the Gators to a 14-13 win over Tennessee in the Gator Bowl.
Jackie Simpson played both offense and defense while playing for the Gators from 1953 to 1956. Simpson holds the record for the longest interception return when he returned a Mississippi State pass 100 yards in a game against the Bulldogs in 1955.
Jarvis Williams was a four-year starter at defensive back for the Gators from 1984-87. Williams earned fist team All-SEC honors twice and was a second team Sporting News All-America pick as a junior in 1986. In his collegiate career, Williams recorded 239 total tackles, including 172 unassisted.
Martin Zubero was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year in his senior year of 1991. That same year, Zubero won his third consecutive SEC 200-yard backstroke title and also won SEC titles in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Zubero was also named Knoxville News-Sentinel Swimmer of the Year for his last two seasons as a Gator.