Dodge City native and Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will become the newest member of the Benedictine College Athletics Hall of Fame this October.
"I feel honored,” George said. “I'm surprised anyone from Benedictine remembered me. Just when you think you're an old timer put out to pasture, something like this comes along."
George was a versatile athlete at Benedictine culminating in being chosen to the NAIA All-District 10 football team and Honorable Mention All-American. George attended Benedictine for two years and also studied for two years at St. Mary of the Plains College. He played both offense and defense and served as a punt and kick-off returner. At SMPC, he was chosen All-Conference on offense and defense, while leading the team in receptions and interceptions. George was selected by his Benedictine Raven teammates as the 1977 season Most Valuable Player. In addition to being honored by his teammates, he was often mentioned by his coaches and the media for his athletic ability, knowledge of the game and his leadership skills, according to a press release from the department of commerce.
The Benedictine College Athletic Hall of Fame, as told by the college's website, was established for the purpose of recognizing and honoring individuals who have contributed to the promotion, growth and excellence of Benedictine College Athletics.
George was nominated by one of his former teammates, Keith Hertling, and Matt May his football coach from St. Mary of the Plains. George said he transferred to Benedictine after May took a job at the college.
The announcement of his nomination read that even though George has attained much in the way of personal recognition, he remains true to the values instilled by his family and strengthened while a student at Benedictine College. The announcement also highlighted George's position as a state leader as a platform to express the importance of helping others and building relationships.
“This nomination reminds me how fortunate I've been to be around so many great people family, friends, teammates, coaches and in my current position, the rest of the cabinet and my staff...so many great people in my life,” George said.
George will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 20, 2012, during the Homecoming ceremonies on the Benedictine campus. Benedictine College is a four-year Catholic college in Atchison, Kan. sponsored by the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey and the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery.