“PARIS HIGH SCHOOL … WHERE TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES”
STORY SUBMITTED I Hall of Fame Committee
PARIS, KY – In a special ceremony that was held prior to the start of the Paris Greyhounds versus Paintsville football game at Blanton Collier Stadium, 17 new members were inducted into the 30th Paris High School Greyhound Hall of Fame for their outstanding years on and off the field/court during their days of walking the halls at Paris High School.
The Paris Greyhound Hall of Fame honors as inductees, different people each year that have contributed to the athletic and academic tradition of Paris High School, in addition to having a positive effect on those around them. This year they have 17 outstanding individuals who they felt reflect and personify the sterling qualities that have been honored since the Greyhound Hall of Fame was set up in 1983.
On this night (August 25, 2023), they honored these individuals for exhibiting qualities of fine athletic achievements and/or community support and valuable contributions to Paris High School. The efforts of the new inductees, along with those of earlier induction classes, are helping to perpetuate the strong tradition and pride associated with Paris High School.
The Greyhound Hall of Fame would like to thank you for your loyal support both past and present and would like for you to visit and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ParisGreyhoundHallofFame
A 1966 Graduate of Paris High School, Allen served as his senior class Vice President. He played 2 years of football, 2 years of basketball and in 1966, was named Co-Captain of the team. He ran track for one year and played baseball for four years. One of his former teammates said that Allen, a member of the Beta Club, was the best second baseman he ever played with.
After high school, Jerry worked at Claiborne Farm and Cherry Valley Farm for 45 years. He was Farm Manager at Cherry Valley for 10 years. Jerry retired from Claiborne Farm. In retirement, Jerry enjoys being with his family and selling collectibles and memorabilia on Facebook Market Place.
Ron Allen, from Morristown, Tennessee, enrolled at the University of Kentucky in 1941 on a combined football/basketball scholarship. By year’s end, World War II was in full swing, and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Early Oct. 1942 Ron was bound for North Africa when his ship was sunk by a German sub. Instead of being redeployed overseas, he was sent to Officers Candidate School (OCS) in Jan. 1943. At War’s end, Ron left the military as an inactive reservist and was married to Lexingtonian, Jane Daniel, and had a baby daughter, Barbara. He had contacted Coach Rupp in hopes of a full basketball scholarship, but Rupp only offered a partial one. So instead of UK, Ron enrolled at Oklahoma A&M (OSU) on a full scholarship to play for Hank Iba, the previous year’s winner of the NCAA tournament. Towards the end of the 1947 season, Ron “blew out his knee” and returned to UK the following year to finish his BA degree in 1948 & MA in 1950.
After a year, part-time stint at Latin HS (Lexington Catholic) coaching basketball and baseball, Ron took a full time job with the Paris School District. He became the Athletic Director and set up the entire Physical Education system for all the schools. In addition, he taught PE to all grades (elementary, Jr high, and high school) and coached football and basketball. The Paris Greyhounds were in the Central Kentucky Conference (CKC) and played teams in the surrounding counties. Ron’s teams struggled in football. The 49 team won 4 lost 5; the 1950 team won 3 and lost 5; 1951 lost all 7 games. Ron’s 1952 team only had 8 returning lettermen so instead of relying on a running game, his team went to the air. Even though they only won one game, the players fought hard, played well, and came close to winning a couple of other games. Ron’s basketball teams fared a lot better. The 1950-51 team won 16 games and lost 8. They won both the District and Regional tournaments but lost at State 47-42 to Clark County. The 51-52 team won 13 of 23 games. They lost in the Regional Tournament to Bracken County 48-46. But with this Greyhound team, Ron, who liked fast basketball, went out of his comfort zone. The first time they played Ashland, they lost 71-36. Ashland was bigger, stronger. The second time the Greyhounds played them, Ron spread the court and slowed the game down, so much so that his team controlled the ball for the last 3+ minutes and won 47-41. He told his daughter, Debbie, that was the only way they could win.
Ron’s teaching and coaching days at Paris HS ended when he was recalled in June 1953 due to the Korean War. Later that year he and his family decided the Air Force would be his career. For the next five years Ron worked in SAC (Strategic Air Command) in Florida, Great Britain, & California. Summer 1958 saw him switching gears to organizing intermural sports, teaching sports and coaching basketball and golf when he was assigned to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In 1964 he was transferred to UK’s AFROTC Department as Commandant of Cadets and taught Aerospace Science. His last assignment was Hickham AFB, Hawaii as Head of the Graphics Div for the Vietnam War. He retired in Oct of 1970 and moved back to Lexington. Ron didn’t stay retired long, because within a year, he was working for UK’s athletic dept in various positions and acting as a liaison between the K-Men’s Association and UK. He finally retired for good in 1988.
–WILLIAM BENNETT “BILL” BRADFORD SR.–
William “Bill” Bennett Bradford was born October 3rd, 1946, in Lawrence, KS, to Vic & Eileen Bradford, where his dad was an assistant football coach for the University of Kansas.
A while later, after a coaching stint at Baylor University, Vic & Eileen, along with daughter, Vickie and son, Bill, arrived in Paris so that Vic could coach at UK, while Eileen helped with her family’s farm. The farm became the center of Bill’s universe, where he learned to work hard and with a little ingenuity fix almost anything. Bill came to Paris High School for his freshman year.
While attending Paris, he participated in various school activities including playing saxophone in the band, running track and his inherited love, football. He was co-captain of the 1963 team, his senior year, where they finished with a winning season. That 1963 team was also the first Paris Football Team in school history to go to the football playoffs under the present format, losing to Lynch in the semifinals on the night President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Bill thoroughly enjoyed his time at Paris. He was popular with his friends of whom he had many and ran the streets of Paris in his proud Jeepster. Good looking, charming and funny, he caught the attention of many a girl, including Sherry Pulliam. After high school, Bill attended UK and later, Morehead University. He and Sherry married and started their family of four in Stanton. He worked in construction, his family’s brick plant, owned a trucking company, but eventually settled back in Paris on the family farm. Then, he opened Bradford’s Ashland where he served all his customers with skill, humor, and integrity.
After his first marriage ended, he married Beth Bonnette, a Paris graduate, who insisted their kids attend Paris. Bill continued on with his gas station, but later moved the entire operation to North Middletown, where he served the community he loved. While his kids were at Paris, Bill once again became part of the Greyhound community. He enjoyed attending the kids’ basketball, soccer, football, and softball games. He worked the sidelines at home football games, but more than anything, he loved being a “Band Dad,” where he moved sets and equipment on the field and on the road even after his kids graduated.
After a lengthy illness, Bill passed away on July 31st, 2021. However, his legacy of service is a thread that has bonded all of his kids. Brad is a US Navy veteran who retired as a Senior Chief and now works for the Lexington Fire Department. Tori has worked tirelessly serving her family, her church, and her community of Maysville. Laura Miles instantly put everyone at ease with her humor, positivity, and beautiful smile. Max serves the city of Lexington as a fire fighter. Frank and Shelby are both presently serving in the US Navy.
Paris High School’s motto is “Semper Cum Superbia,” always with excellence. It can be said that in his lifetime, Bill Bradford took this sentiment to heart. He loved his family, his roots, his friends, and Paris High School. He loved people. He was always available to help a friend or a stranger in need. He is missed dearly, but we strive to honor his legacy of service and to live “Semper Cum Superbia.”
—EUGENE “JEEP” CLARK–
Jeep, who he was better known graduated from Ashland High School in 1949. He was a terrific basketball and baseball player for The Tomcats. In 1949 Jeep was an All-State Basketball Player and led Ashland to The Regional Championship Game that year.
After graduating from Ashland, he went to Ashland Junior College for one year and then transferred to Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss his teams compiled a 76-31 record. After graduating from Southern Miss, he went into coaching. First, he landed at Montgomery County (1954-1959) and then Paris High School (1959-1964) where his basketball teams and baseball teams were highly successful. His basketball teams played in five straight District Championships and won four District Titles and were Runners Up in The Region in 1964. His baseball teams were also remarkably successful and won four District Championships.
In the summer of 1964, Coach Clark left Paris to coach at Southern Miss. He stayed there until 1976 when he left to go back to Ashland and become The Head Basketball Coach at Boyd County. From 1976 until 1982 when he retired, his teams amassed a record of 118-51 and won back to back regional titles in 1981 and 1982.
Coach Clark now resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His wife and son passed away several years ago but he lives close to his daughter Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jason and his grandkids.
Bobby was born in Shelbyville, Kentucky to Robert A. Craig Jr. & Helen Christine Wiseman Craig.
After a couple of relocations, the Craig’s resided in Irvine, Kentucky where Bobby played football for Irvine High School. After hearing of his talent as an offensive lineman, Paris football coach Ben Pumphrey convinced Bobby and his family to relocate to Paris and play for the Greyhounds where he was recognized with several accolades including being named to the Kentucky High School All-Star Team that went on to play the West Virginia All-Stars in 1961.
After his high school career, Bobby went on to play one season at Morehead State College. Bobby married Linda Sue Florence (April 13, 1945 – February 2, 2023) and they had three children: Robert A. Craig IV, Brian Scott Craig & Christina Jo Craig. He had three grandchildren: Andrea Lynn Enochson, Robert Andre Craig V & Joseph Craig Latimer.
Ironically, Bobby’s work career led him to Greyhound Bus Lines. He started as a baggage handler then went on to successfully complete Driver Training School. Driving charter runs was his favorite part of the job. He was often requested to drive by such groups as the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, various high school athletic programs, business, and civic organizations.
Upon his retirement in 2002, after a thirty-three-year career, Bobby had accumulated over one million accident free miles. Bobby loved to play slow-pitch softball. He had an affinity for the competition and camaraderie that came with the game. During his playing time from the early 1970’s until 1996, Bobby played with many great teams winning city championships in Charleston, WV and in Lexington. Bobby also pitched three no-hitters during his career, a nearly impossible feat that has been recognized by the National Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Bobby’s love of sports spilled over into the lives of his children. If they wanted to try anything; baseball, football, basketball, bowling, soccer, cheerleading, he, and Linda made sure the kids had the opportunity. Bobby was a very enthusiastic “Team Dad” and often worked his way into becoming an assistant coach on many of their teams.
Ken graduated from Paris High School in 1983. He played for two years on the varsity basketball team.
In 1981, Edwards received the defense and field goal percentage awards. In 1982, the team won the 37th District Championship and were the 10th Region Runner-up. Ken was ranked in the top 150 players in the Street & Smith Magazine, Co MVP at University of Kentucky basketball camp, and one on one champion at Morehead State University basketball camp. Ken was also named to the Harrison County Invitational Tournament Team, All CKC, as well as the All 10th Region Team. He also won the PHS Best field goal percentage. In his senior season, the team had a 17-10 record. Ken received awards for rebounds, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, leadership award, and was the leading scorer. Edwards completed his senior season scoring 563 points and scored over 900 career points at PHS. Other Senior year team honors: 37th District Champions; Ashland Invitational Tournament 3rd place; 10th Region Tournament quarterfinals. His Senior year individual honors in 1983: 37th District Tournament Team; 10th Regional Tournament Team; Erlanger Lloyd Tournament Team; Ashland Invitational Tournament Team; Number 8 on the list of dunkers at PHS; Named Honorable Mention to the Courier-Journal Boys All-State Basketball squad and ranked top 25 in state.
Edwards went on to receive a scholarship to play at Lee’s College in Tennessee in 1983. He later transferred to Seminole Community College in Florida (All Classic Team and Raiders All-Tournament Team); then transferred to Georgetown College in Kentucky; then transferred to Bristol in Tennessee. Edwards would go on to receive a scholarship and graduated from Huron University in Huron, South Dakota (Golden Corral All-Tournament Team, NSU/Super 8 All Tourney Team, and Best Defense player).
He earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Huron University. Worked at Lexmark International for 20 years and currently at ADT Security. Married to Tonya Edwards, three kids Trey (Anna) Edwards, Qwest Edwards, & Trent Edwards (2023 signed to play Basketball at D1 Morgan State University), and has a granddaughter, Lenora Edwards.
Henderson graduated from Paris High School in 1965.
While at Paris, Joseph played football and was a part of the 1963 football team that went to the state football playoffs for the first time in school history under the present format. Paris was defeated by Lynch in the semi-finals on the night that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was also on the football team that made the playoffs in 1964. He also ran track and was an important part of the team that won two straight regional championships.
The 1964 Track Team was invited to The Mansfield Relays in Mansfield, OH. At the time, this was one of the top track tournaments in The South and Midwest. After graduating from Paris, Joseph attended Kentucky State University for two years. He went in The United States Army in 1968 and received his certificate of completion with honors as an Electronic Technician. He was then promoted to SP5 and became a crypto/CMSEC Specialist.
While in the Army, he was stationed in Okinawa and several times did TDY Duty in Vietnam. After separation from the Army, Joseph went to work for Boeing at Rockwell International, retiring in 1987. Joseph also coached Little League and Pony League Baseball in Lexington for four years. After retiring, he worked at Walmart for several years.
Henry is a 1978 Graduate of Paris High School and member of Ladyhound basketball since 1974. She was a team member of the 1977 State Runner-up team while being recognized on the All-State Tournament Team that season.
During her senior season, she was an integral part for the Ladyhounds Team that went to the State Tournament in 1978. During her High School years, she was a member of the Beta Club. Henry would go on to attend Transylvania University where she was a multi-sport athlete. Judy played field hockey (MVP in 1982 State Tournament), basketball, softball, and cross country (State Champions in 1982). While at Transylvania, Henry was a consistent member of the Dean’s List.
In 2015, Henry would retire as a UPS District President, where she was responsible for four states and 15,000 employees. She currently resides in Nashville, TN.
Clinton Sims, aka Daveed Israel, is a 1997 Graduate of Paris High School.
While at Paris, he played basketball and currently is the 5th all-time scorer with 1,863 points. He helped Paris win the Tates Creek Commodore Four Tournament, Bourbon County Holiday Tournament and the 1996 and 1997 Class A Regional Tournaments. In 1997, Paris advanced to the Class A State Tournament Semifinals, losing to Paintsville, where Israel scored 30 points. He also had a career high of 43 points against Walton Verona. He was named All State by The Lexington Herald Leader and The Louisville Courier Journal. He was KABC 10th Region Player of the Year in 1997. He was selected as a member of The Kentucky-Indiana All Star series.
After graduating from Paris, he played at Maine Central and then transferred to Boston College in 1998-1999, averaging 15.5 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game. He then transferred to Eastern Kentucky University 2000-2001, averaging 16.1 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 4.3 assist per game.
After college, he played in the A.B.A. and had his best performance against A.B.A. Nashville, Tennessee with 15.5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in just six minutes of action.
Daveed lives in Arkansas with his wife Kiara and son Nahum.
–JAMES F. LANDRUM SR.–
Landrum a 1968 Graduate of Paris High School, was a member of the Paris Football team from 1963-1968. In 1963, James started on the 8th grade team and they went undefeated (Coached by Coach Patrick). There were no tournaments for them to play prior to integration in 1964. This was the old CKC conference. During his high school career, his positions were half back on the kick-off team; full back on the offense team; and Linebacker & defensive end on the defense team. In those days, they played both offense and defense.
Landrum was honored to be selected “Honorable Mention All State” twice, 1966 and 1967. In Track, James finished second place in Shot Put at Bourbon County Relay, a statewide event. He is a big part of the Athletic Foundation that Paris stands on now. Thank God for the coaching and leadership of Paris High School.
Landrum would go on to join the U.S. Army in 1975 with the job assignment of 19 Delta Recon Scout. He completed his army career at the rank of Staff Sergeant, assigned serving as the Platoon Sergeant. James was In charge of 50-60 soldiers and responsible for equipment worth millions of dollars. He was honorably discharged and currently a disabled Veteran, which he is very proud.
Landrum earned his Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Fugazzi College in 1997. His work Experience includes: Mobile X-ray Technician at Bourbon County Hospital for five years; Pharmacy Tech at Lexington Veterans Administration Hospital for 10 years and Certified Technician Pharmacy for 10 years.
Morris is a 1965 Graduate of Paris High School.
He began playing football at an early age with Little League Football (the first year they had it) and continued through junior high, high school, and eventually at Morehead State College where he received a football scholarship.
After college, H.C. joined the Air National Guard where he spent eight months active duty learning to work on military aircraft. In total, he was in the National Guard for six years. After coming home from the military, Morris worked at Rockwell Standard Company in Winchester, KY as a machinery maintenance man for eight years. He then went into insurance with Kentucky Farm Bureau in Lexington, KY where he was honored to receive multiple top salesman awards and eventually became the insurance manager for the state of Kentucky. H.C. then left insurance and started his own recycling business, Environmental Recycling, Inc. where they started by cleaning up illegal dump sites throughout KY and eventually became first responders for FEMA and the federal government cleaning up hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the US.
Morris is now 76 years old, retired, and enjoying life with his wife, Jean, their 4 children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He most enjoys driving around in his 1957 Corvette and spoiling his grandkids.
In regard to Paris Athletics, he says his biggest accomplishment was that he graduated, ha-ha! As he looks back, he realizes he had an idyllic youth in a small town where everyone knew you and your family. Morris played the lineman position and have many fond memories of his football days and teammates.
Denver Pochodzay began his tenure in the Paris Independent Schools in 1977 at what was then Southside Middle School, teaching social studies and coaching middle school football, basketball, and track. He went on to teach at Paris for 27 years – 22 years at the middle school and the last five years at Paris High School. After retirement in 2004, he went on to substitute teach in the district for an additional 10 years.
When he first arrived in Paris, he was quickly introduced to “Homer’s Hounds” and, not long after that, to Randy Reese’s “Paris Pride.” Having had previous coaching experience & being an avid football fan, he was excited to be a part of the football coaching staff for the middle school teams. He coached football for 11 years, basketball for one year and track for seven years.
During his first two years of coaching, he had the privilege of working with the fine group of athletes who went on to become back-to-back state football champions in 1981 & 1982. Also during the years he coached track, one of his teams won the CKC middle school track championship. After he decided to give up coaching in 1988, the opportunity to help the football program came in a different position.
In 1989, he accepted residence in the press box as he became “the voice of the Greyhounds” for the home football games. He had so much fun that he remained in that position, even after retirement, for a total of 26 years, having missed only one home game during that time. He relinquished that position in 2015 so that he could support his seven grandchildren in their school activities, which included sports, band, and dance. Denver also coached the middle school academic team for several years. After he gave up the coaching responsibilities, he stayed active by being the moderator for both middle school and high school matches even for many years after his retirement.
The entire Pochodzay family has been strong supporters of the Greyhounds and the school district as a whole. His wife, Mary, worked in the school food service department for a total of 26 years – 9 years as bookkeeper and 17 years as the food service director. She retired in 2004 along with Denver. Their two daughters, Sharla Whitt, and Juett Wells are Paris High School graduates (class of 92 and 94). They were cheerleaders and in the band all during both middle school and high school, which involved attending many ballgames and band contests all over the state proudly representing the Greyhounds.
Even though he is not able to attend as many Greyhound activities as he would like, due to supporting his grandchildren in their activities, he still keeps up with the Hounds through the Doctor of Sports articles in the local newspaper. He will always treasure his memories of his nights in the press box as he would excitedly exclaim “TOUCHDOWN GREYHOUNDS”!!!
–LEON ROBERTS JR.–
Roberts is a 1977 Graduate of Paris High School.
Leon earned many honors as a Greyhound Basketball player including a spectacular season in 1977 that saw him named: Leading Scorer and Team MVP, All-10th Region Player, Honorable Mention All-State, 1st Team All-CKC Player.
After his high school days, Leon would go on to graduate from Transylvania University in 1981, where he was a four-year basketball letterman. He would earn his MBA when graduating in 1986 from Xavier University. In 2014, Roberts was recognized as a 10th Region Hall of Fame Inductee.
He is currently the First Gentleman (six years) for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
–BRUCE R. TURNER–
Bruce Turner graduated from Paris High School in 1944, although he left school early to enlist & serve in World War 2.
He was stationed in the Pacific theater and proudly served his country there and also during the Korean conflict. He worked for South Central Bell/Bellsouth for 30 years as a lineman & foreman. He was a lifelong carpenter having learned from his father, Mason Turner. He loved to compete in all types of sports including basketball and baseball. However he loved to play football and he was most proud of his years at Paris High School when he was coached by Blanton Collier.
When Bruce returned from his service in WW2, he attended Georgetown College where he played football. Once his own playing days were past, he stayed involved in sports by refereeing all around the area for high school basketball and football games. He umpired and coached little league baseball for 10 years. He coached the Paris Kiwanis football league for many years and was very proud of the accomplishments of those that he coached. Many of the boys that he coached went on to lead the Greyhound championship teams of the early 70’s. He considered their success his victory also. He served as assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 62 for five years and enjoyed helping his scouts learn and grow in the scouting program. He enjoyed going to the local area Boy Scout camp, Camp McKee, where he helped build several structures and one of the bridges at the camp.
In the early 1960’s, then Coach Ben Pumphrey approached him to keep the clock and scoreboard for Paris home varsity football games. He was the perfect candidate for this because of his extensive knowledge of referee signs/signals. He couldn’t wait to get to the football field on Friday nights! He was usually one of the very first ones to arrive at the field so that he could test the scoreboard and make sure that everything was ready to go when play started. He was a fixture in the press box for almost 25 years under coaches Fugate, Correll, Goins and Reese. He was also the clock/scoreboard keeper for the Paris varsity basketball games. He never missed a home football or basketball game and went to many of the away games. He loved supporting the teams and never would accept any payment for all his years as clock keeper. He only stopped when diabetes robbed him of his eyesight.
He passed his love of sports on to his children, Terry Lee Turner & Mary Beth Brown. Both also attended Paris High School where Terry Lee competed in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. Mary Beth competed in gymnastics. He never missed any event that they participated in, he was always there supporting and cheering for them. He was a devoted father, husband, friend, and coach.
His family is thankful of this honor and proud of the man that he was and the legacy that he left to not only the Paris City Schools but to all the lives that he touched.
–JIM L. “JIMMY” WILLS–
Wills is a 1954 Graduate of Paris High School where he lettered in football and baseball. Jimmy is the son of Shirel Wills, who named the Greyhounds in 1928.
After high school, he attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism. Wills served in the US Army until receiving a medical discharge. He worked for the Kentucky Department of Transportation for 30 years. Jimmy was asked to keep football statistics by Coach Ben Pumphrey and became the official football statistician for three decades starting in 1959 and continuing under Head Coach Randy Reese. He also served as a Basketball statistician for Earl Redwine.
Wills would go on to hold the role as the Public Address Announcer for football and basketball for 25+ years. Jimmy was part of the committee that brought Homer Goins to Paris in 1969, and the Founding Member of the Paris Greyhound Booster Club, serving as Secretary for two decades.
Woods is a 1965 Graduate of Paris High School.
While at Paris Rodney participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a wide receiver and defensive back for the Football Greyhounds and part of the 1963 Team that was the first Greyhound Team to reach the state playoffs. The 1963 team would finish with a 9-1-1 record and lost to Lynch in the semifinals of the state playoffs the night that President Kennedy was assassinated. During his senior year, The Greyhounds finished with a 9-2-1 record. He was also a key member of the 1963-64 and 1964-65 Basketball Greyhounds Team that in 1964 finished with a 19-8 record and were District and Region Runner Ups. The 1964-65 team was not as fortunate and finished with a 16-13 record. He was also a key member of the 1964 and 1965 Track Team which finished both years as Regional Champions.
After graduating from Paris, Rodney graduated from Kentucky State University and received his Masters from Xavier University. He worked in Criminal Justice, Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health for 40 years. Most recently he has been a mentor/golf coach at a local elementary school in Columbus, Ohio. He was recently commissioned A Kentucky Colonel.
Worthington is a 1971 Graduate of Paris High School.
He was a member of the football team playing offensive end and linebacker. Bill would be named Coach Homer Goin’s first All-Stater in football. He also earned Top Award for spring weightlifting, 110 Percent Award, Best Offensive Lineman, and also started in the East/West All-Star game. Worthington was One of eight players to receive the Team of the Decade award from Paris High School.
After high school, Bill served in the US Army from 1972-1975. He would go on to work in construction for 22 years, then as an Operations Manager, then the United States Post Office for another 28 years before retiring in March 2019.