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Seven Virginia sports figures make up 2012 Hall of Fame class

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Seven of Virginia's most recognizable sports figures will make up the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame's 2012 class.

Antonio Freeman, Gerald Henderson, Ray Hendrick, Jess Kersey, Al Pearce, Debbie Ryan and Billy Wagner make up the distinguished list.  The group was presented at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Monday and will be officially be inducted in April in Portsmouth.

Freeman was a star at Virginia Tech and ranked second in receiving yards at the school.  He was drafted in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and became one of Brett Favre's favorite target.

Henderson, a graduate of Richmond's Huguenot High School, starred for VCU on the basketball court and was a third round draft pick in 1978 by the San Antonio Spurs.  He played 13 seasons with eight different NBA teams and was part of three NBA championship teams.

Henrick is known as "Mr. Modified" and enjoyed a 36 year career in motorsports.  He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.

Kersey was a professional basketball official for 36 years and refereed five NBA All-Star games, 190 NBA playoff games and 19 NBA finals.

Pearce was a sports reporter for the Daily Press for 35 years.  He primarily covered racing and has been honored with eight Virginia Press Association Awards.

Debbie Ryan spent 35 years as the head women's basketball coach at UVa and holds a career record of 739-324.

Billy Wagner became one of the most feared relievers in baseball.  The left-hander established a record of 422 career saves.

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