DETROIT (AP)Pro Football Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber were inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night.
Johnson, known as Megatron, starred at receiver for the Detroit Lions for nine seasons before retiring in 2016. Wieber won Olympic gold in 2012, a year after she was world all-around champion. She is from DeWitt, Michigan.
Former Central Michigan softball coach Margo Jonker and photographer Mary Schroeder were also inducted in a ceremony at the MotorCity Hotel Casino Sound Board theater. Former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., former Albion College and Okemos High School football coach Pete Schmidt and longtime Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski were honored posthumously as members of the class.
Former Pistons point guard and NBA MVP Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and two-time NBA champion Shane Battier were selected for induction, but were unable to attend the ceremony. Billups and Battier, who attended Detroit Country Day High School, are expected to be inducted at next year’s ceremony.
The class was selected by current and former journalists, former sports executives in the state and the public through online voting.
Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Joey Kocur, members of Red Wings’ rugged Grind Line, were honored as Michigan Treasures. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame also celebrated the Taylor North Little League World Series championship team.