Illinois — The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently announced their 2017 Hall of Fame class and one of the inductees is none other than Freeport’s own, Preston Pearson.
Born January 17, 1945 in Freeport, Illinois) Preston is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League who played for the Baltimore Colts (1967–1969), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970–1974), and the Dallas Cowboys (1975–1980).
Pearson will be inducted on May 6th, 2017 during the annual IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet. The IBCA has been serving basketball coaches in Illinois since 1971.
Throughout his NFL career, Pearson was used frequently as a rusher, receiver, and kickoff returner on special teams.
He played for some of the most famous teams of his era, and played in five Super Bowls (Super Bowl III, IX, X, XII, and XIII) – tied for second most all-time.
Pearson also holds the distinction of being one of the few, if not the only, players to have been led by Don Shula, Chuck Noll and Tom Landry — three of the greatest coaches in NFL history with eight Super Bowl titles among them.
In his 14 NFL seasons, he rushed for 3,609 yards, caught 254 passes for 3,095 yards, returned seven punts for 40 yards, and gained 2,801 yards on kickoff returns. Overall, Pearson gained 9,545 total yards and scored 33 touchdown.
The 2017 IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction will take place on Saturday, May 6th at Redbird Arena in Normal, IL. The Hall of Fame Reception will be held from 1:00 to 4:30pm at the Chateau, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, Illinois.
This reception is for all Hall of Fame Inductees, Coach of the Year recipients, relatives and friends of these individuals. There will be an open bar at the reception.
IBCA Hall of Fame Chairman
27 Indian Trail Drive Westmont, IL 60559
Ph: (630) 661-0624