Johnson, Billups going into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

DETROIT (AP) – Calvin Johnson, Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier and Jordyn Wieber have been selected for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, officials said Wednesday.

Former Central Michigan softball coach Margo Jonker and photographer Mary Schroeder are also part of the class of standout amateurs, professionals, contributors and media members.

Former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., former Albion College and Okemos High School football coach Pete Schmidt and longtime Detroit Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski will be honored posthumously as members of the class.

Johnson, a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021, retired as a dynamic receiver after the 2015 season following nine seasons with the Lions.

Billups was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP during a stretch in which the point guard helped the Detroit Pistons reach six straight conference finals.

Battier won Michigan’s Mr. Basketball award in 1997 as the state’s best high school basketball player at Detroit Country Day and went on to be an NCAA champion at Duke and win two NBA titles with the Miami Heat.

Wieber was an Olympic gold medalist and world all-around champion gymnast.

The class was selected by current and former journalists, former sports executives in the state and the public through online voting.


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