SEATTLE - Seven people, including Seattle Seahawks broadcaster and KIRO 7 anchor Steve Raible, have been voted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame's 2019 class.
The group was voted on by a panel of sports media throughout the state, bringing the organization's total number of members to 222. The State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1960.
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A list of the new members are as follows:
- Steve Raible, KIRO 7's main anchor since 1993. Drafted in the second round from Georgia Tech, Raible played six years as a wide receiver for the Seahawks and has been on Seahawks broadcasts since retiring from the NFL before the 1982 season.
- Rick Rizzs, member of the Mariners broadcast crew since 1983. Rizzs did both TV and radio for the Mariners, but switched exclusively to radio in 2007 and became the lead announcer in 2010.
- Jason Hanson, Washington State University and Detroit Lions placekicker. Hanson retired from the NFL in 2012 after spending 21 seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was the first player to play 300 games with the same NFL franchise. He's also the only player with 2,000 points for one franchise.
- Bernie Freyer, former National Basketball Association referee. Freyer, who was a high school All-American in football and basketball his junior and senior years, went on to play guard at BYU. He played one year each for Phoenix and Portland before spending 28 years as an official in the NBA, working 12 Finals games.
- Dan Fitzgerald, longtime Gonzaga University basketball coach. Fitzgerald was the head coach for 15 seasons between 1978-97 and led the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1995.
- Sugar Ray Seales, Tacoma native and the only American boxer to win a gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He was also the National AAU light welterweight champion in 1971 and the National Golden Gloves champion in 1972.
- Megan Quann Jendrick, a Puyallup native, won an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in Sydney and another gold as a relay member. She later won a silver medal in the 4x100 mdley relay. Jendrick set 27 U.S. records and four world records in her career.
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