JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State Lettermen’s Club will induct five new members into the A-State Hall of Honor during the annual Lettermen’s Club Banquet Friday, Oct. 30 at the Woodard McAlister Family Club inside Centennial Bank Stadium on the campus of Arkansas State University.
Former A-State defensive tackle Michael Cline, linebacker Carlos Emmons, pole vaulter Paul Pilla, punter Kyle Richardson and A-State track and field athlete David Rodely have been selected as the 2015 inductees.
A three-year lettermen from 1983-85, Cline was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American defensive tackle at Arkansas State. He collected 16 career sacks in three years, tied for ninth most in school history. He recorded three sacks in a game against North Texas in 1985, making him one of just 13 players in school history to have three or more sacks in a game. He was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and participated in the East-West Shrine game in 1985. Upon finishing his playing career, Cline was one of two A-State players selected in the 1985 NFL Draft, going to the Green Bay Packers in the eighth round. He was selected by the USFL’s Arizona Outlaw’s in the ninth round later that year and also spent time in the CFL with the Ottawa Roughriders. Cline was voted as a starting defensive lineman on the 1980’s A-State All-Decade team and was selected as a member of the All-Centennial Team in 2014.
One of the most notable players in recent history, Emmons played at Arkansas State from 1992-95 and went on to have an 11-year career in the NFL with three franchises. Emmons began his career at A-State as a defensive lineman and led the team in tackles (65) and sacks (6) as the team’s starting defensive end in 1993. He moved to linebacker before the start of the 1994 season and blossomed in the role, earning All-Big West Second Team accolades in 1995. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played four seasons with the club before signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. While with the Eagles, he became one of the league’s top linebackers and amassed 429 tackles in his final six seasons as a professional. In 2004 he signed with the New York Giants and recorded a career-high 97 tackles. Emmons retired from football in 2006 after suffering a career-ending back injury.
A two-year letter winner for the A-State track and field team, Pilla won the outdoor pole vault national championship in 1979 with a vault of 17-4.25. Pilla was a two-time All-American on the outdoor circuit and earned All-American accolades during the 1979 indoor season. Pilla is credited with the seventh-best pole vault in A-State outdoor history with a clearance of 17-10.50. Pilla won three Southland Conference pole vault titles, including both outdoor titles in his two seasons (1979,1980) and the indoor championship in 1980.
Richardson was a four-year letterman at A-State from 1992-95 after walking on and redshirting his first year in 1991. He still owns the Arkansas State records for most punting yards in a career with 10,917 and most punts in a career with 274. In addition to owning those records, he makes three appearances on the A-State top-10 list for most punts in a single season, with his 82 punts in 1993 being the second-highest total in A-State history. His name shows up five times in Arkansas State’s top-10 list for most punting yards in a game with 486 yards against Louisiana Tech in 1993 being his personal best and fourth on the list. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference after his junior season and earned First Team All-Big West honors as a senior. He went on to enjoy a successful NFL career that spanned eight seasons, which included being a member of the Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens in 2001. Throughout his NFL career, he punted 572 times for 23,489 yards with a 41.1 yards per punt average.
A four-year letterman for A-State track and field, Rodely was a 1991 All-American in discus throw with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Rodely owns the program record for discus throw with a launch of 57.25m/187-10.00 set in the 1991 season. During his outdoor career, he earned Most Outstanding Performer in the American South Conference Outdoor Championships twice, with championship performances in the 1990 and 1991 season. Rodely owns top-10 all-time marks at A-State in outdoor shot put (3rd, 18.28m/59-11.75), javelin throw (2nd, 57.10m/187-04.00) and indoor shot put (7th, 16.76m/55-00.00).
The Lettermen’s Club would like to encourage all former Hall of Honor inductees to attend. The banquet will be open to the public, and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Red Wolves Foundation at 870-972-2401. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social gathering followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Access to the Woodard McAlister Family Club is through the main gate (west side) of Centennial Bank Stadium and use of elevators to level two.