facebook-pixel

Former NFL star Haloti Ngata among new Utah Sports Hall of Fame inductees

The Highland High school product will be one of five inductees at a ceremony Sept. 20

(Gail Burton | AP) Former Baltimore Ravens football player Haloti Ngata, center, speaks about his retirement during a news conference on May 29, 2019. Ngata, who starred at Highland High School, will be one of five new members inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame this month.

The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will induct five new members during a Sept. 20 dinner and ceremony (7 p.m.) at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Jay Don Blake, Haloti Ngata, Courtney Young Johnson, Nicholas Rimando and Teri Okelberry Spiers will be honored as the USHOFF’s Class of 2021, with their inductions having been postponed one year due to pandemic-related issues.

For reservations, visit USHOFF.org.

Blake, an alumnus of Dixie High School and Utah State, won the 1980 NCAA individual golf championship and went on to claim one PGA Tour victory and three PGA Tour Champions titles.

Ngata, from Highland High, became a perennial Pro Bowl selection as a defensive lineman and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

Johnson, a Skyline High graduate, played for the U.S. women’s water polo team that won the silver medal in the 2000 Olympics.

Rimando became known as Major League Soccer’s all-time best goalkeeper during his long career with Real Salt Lake, helping the team win the 2009 MLS Cup title.

Spiers, from Weber High School and Weber State, is one of the most versatile athletes in WSU history, having advanced to NCAA competition in both volleyball and track and field in the same year.

Return to Story