Former Gator Ike Hilliard joins SEC Football Legends
Former Florida WR Ike Hilliard (1994-96) has been selected to join the 2011 Class of SEC Football Legends, the league announced today.
Hilliard will be honored along with 11 other members of the class during the SEC Football Championship Weekend.
Hilliard had 126 catches during his collegiate career, which is seventh-best in UF history. His 2,214 yards is fourth in school history, and 29 TDs is third in SEC history.
He had a touchdown/ catch ratio of 4.34 which ranks second in Gator history. He was named a first-team All-SEC selection and an All-American as a senior in 1996. Hilliard was selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, and went on to play 12 NFL seasons, recording 546 career receptions for 6,397 yards and 35 TDs.
The Patterson, La. Native, played his first eight seasons with the Giants and finished his NFL career playing four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2009.
Here are the other members of the 2011 SEC Foorball Legends Class:
ALABAMA – Dennis Homan, Wide Receiver, 1965-67
ARKANSAS – Leotis Harris, Offensive Guard, 1974-77
GEORGIA – Boss Bailey, Linebacker, 1998-2002
KENTUCKY – Rodger Bird, Halfback/Defensive back, 1963-65
LSU – George Bevan, Linebacker, 1966-67, 1969
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Tom Neville, Tackle, 1961-64
OLE MISS – Deuce McAllister, Running Back, 1997-2000
SOUTH CAROLINA – Brandon Bennett, Running Back, 1991-94
TENNESSEE – Bobby Majors, Defensive Back/Punter, 1968-71
VANDERBILT – Corey Harris, Tailback, 1988-91