The late Ragin ‘Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux and the late LSU offensive lineman Eric Andolsek, a product of Thibodaux High, are among nine inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Andolsek is one of five former LSU athletes selected this week to be dedicated in 2022, alongside offensive lineman Kyle Williams, three-time national gymnast champion Susan Jackson, two-time All-America first team softball pitcher. Britni Sneed Newman and rodeo great Steve Duhon.
Promotion 2022 will be dedicated on June 25 to the pantheon of Natchitoches.
Duhon, an Opelousas native and three-time steer wrestling world champion, played linebacker at LSU in 1981 before being transferred to the Northwest State and embarked on a rodeo career that took him to the next level. leads to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Williams, a product of Ruston High, where he is now defensive coordinator, helped LSU win the 2003 National Championship. He spent his entire 13-season NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.
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Williams and New Orleans Saints goaltender Jahri Evans, also inducted in 2022, have been Pro Bowlers six times.
Detroit selected Andolsek in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played five seasons for the Lions and made a name for himself opening holes for running back Barry Sanders. Andolsek was killed in 1992, when a flatbed truck swerved off Louisiana Highway 1 in Thibodaux and struck him while cutting the grass at his home.
Robichaux died of a heart attack in 2019, after his 25th season as UL coach. The Crowley native also coached McNeese and played in both schools.
The most successful baseball coach in Louisiana collegiate history, Robichaux was also named this week in the 2021 class of the UL Track and Field Hall of Fame.
The other Louisiana Hall of Fame inductees in 2022 are: Claney Duplechin, track and field and cross country trainer from Baton Rouge Episcopal High, and the late Dr. Eddie Flynn. Duplechin, from Mamou, has coached his boys’ cross country teams to 25 consecutive state titles, and Flynn won the 1932 Olympic welterweight boxing gold medal for the United States as a student. Loyola-New Orleans.