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Hall of Fame 2007: William Boyd
William Boyd
The names of five people who will be inducted into the Liberty County Athletic Hall of Fame for 2007 has been announced.
The induction ceremony is planned for Dec. 13 at Club Stewart.
The honorees were selected from among 26 nominees by the Hall of Fame board in September.
They include:

William B. Boyd
Bradwell Institute
Class of 1960

Boyd was a four-year letterman in football and baseball and a two-year letterman in track. He was captain in his junior and senior year and named All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year.
He made the Atlanta Journal statewide Honor Roll eight out of 10 weeks for the season. He was a starter for three years and rushed for over 1,000 yards, scoring 13 touchdowns as a senior.
A versatile athlete, he played fullback and linebacker punted and kicked off. In baseball, he was an outfielder, shortstop and leadoff batter. In track, he ran the leadoff leg in the relays and qualified in the low and high hurdles for state.
Boyd walked on at the University of Tampa and earned a scholarship. He was the second player in Bradwell’s history to sign a football grant-in-aid.
Boyd started at running back his junior year. In his senior year, he played both ways at running back and rover back. The team’s secondary led the nation that year in interceptions. He was featured in an article in Smith and Street preseason magazine in 1963.
Academically, Boyd was listed in the Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities as a junior and senior, and received the Tampa Lithograph Academic Award as a senior football player with the highest average. He was also selected as Young Man of the Year in Georgia In 1975.
Boyd went on to coach high school football for 34 years. He was selected as Coach of the Year five times - three times as an assistant coach and twice as a head coach. Boyd was also selected several times as Macon area Coach of the Week for outstanding wins. As a coach, he won five region championships and coached in the Georgia North/South All-star game.
As part of his coaching legacy, he developed the talent of many players who went on to become two All-Americans and many All-state winners. Two of his protégés ended up in the NFL. Many of his players were signed to colleges, such as Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Citadel, East Carolina, Troy, University of Illinois, Oregon, Florida State, Western Carolina, Merchant Marines Academy, Newberry, College of the Desert, Taft and others.
Today, Boyd spends his days immersed in civic activities and has taught Sunday school for more than 25 years at Gray Methodist Church. For a while, he was in charge of logistics for the Relay for Life in Jones County. His efforts have put the organization the top 10 for money raised for communities of its size in the USA several times, including 2006).
Boyd is a past member of the Chamber of Commerce and was in charge of tourism. He was the campaign treasurer for Jones County, helping the mayor get re-elected. Presently he serves on a committee to rewrite his city charter.
“When I left Bradwell, I left to make a name and place for myself,” Boyd said. “I never forgot where I came from, or the people that instilled in me integrity, honor, pride and work ethic. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Hokey Jackson, Ed Edwards, Toby Fountain, Faye Darsey, Willie Stafford, B.A. (Johnson, Albert Rogers, William Cox and many others. I’ve always taken the name and honor of Hinesville with me and tried to give back to the youth. I’ve taught and coached for 38 years the legacy of Bradwell institute. I’m proud to call Hinesville my home.”
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