The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will soon recognize the football career of former Lebanon High School football standout Rusty Shadel, who went on to be a standout at Missouri State.
Shadel is among the Elite 11, a group of former high school and college standouts who will be recognized during the NFL Kickoff Sports Enthusiasts Luncheon presented by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The 11 a.m. ceremony is at Springfield’s University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, where the Hall will induct former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison; former Missouri State football All-American tackle and coach Rich Johanningmeier; and former Carrollton High School coach Stan Kee.
Shadel, a standout at Lebanon High School in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was all-conference three years at Lebanon, which recently retired his No. 64 jersey. Shadel also lettered three years at Missouri State (1972-1974). He moved from offense to defense before his junior season at and earned all-conference honorable mention in his final two seasons. He tallied 18 total tackles as a junior and 52 as a senior. The 1974 Missouri State media guide called him the “Biggest man on the Bruin football squad” at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds.
The Elite 11 features: defensive lineman Brett Potts (Bolivar, Pittsburg State); quarterback Eric Czerniewski (Montgomery County, Central Missouri); lineman Rusty Shadel (Lebanon, Missouri State); running back Rex Sawyer (Ava, Missouri Valley College); linebacker Steve Forbis (Republic, Missouri Southern); defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams (Mizzou); punter/quarterback Chuck Blair (Camdenton, Central Missouri); kicker Jeremy Flores (Willard, Colorado); defensive back T.J. Onstott (Lamar, Missouri Southern); split end Steve Newbold (Aurora, Missouri State); and running back Justin Gerald (Hillcrest, Central Methodist).
An individual ticket is $40. Tables of eight are $400 and includes associate sponsorship recognition in the printed program. Head table tickets are $100. For tickets, call the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.