To the Max

Max Fugler, right, is interviewed by Lyn Rollins at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday in Natchitoches.

NATCHITOCHES -- Former Ferriday High Bulldog All-American Max Fugler was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center in Natchitoches.

"It had never crossed my mind to be inducted into the state Hall of Fame, but I am humbled and very honored," Fugler said. "And I was so honored to go in with such a class group of people."

Fugler became the second Concordia Parish area representative inducted into the LSHOF, joining his former coach, Johnny "Red" Robertson in the Hall of Fame.

Roberson was inducted in 2002.

Following a video showing clips of Fugler, the former Tiger sat down for a short question-and-answer session with Lyn Rollins of “Cox Sports Television.”

Fugler, who will be 82 in August, was part of five Ferriday High teams that won four state championships and lost only four games over five years.

He was a "Look" magazine All-American and All-SEC performer at LSU. Fugler was a big part of the 1958 national championship team.

Fugler pointed to some of his former teammates, including Johnny Robinson, who was sitting at his table. Others seated with Fugler were Dave McCarty, Warren Rabb and Lynn LeBlanc.

"We weren't a team, we were friends," Fugler said. "And we were protective of one another. That's what made us different. We were looking after one another."

Besides Robertson, former coaches of Fugler in the LSHOF are Paul Dietzel, Charles McClendon and Carl Maddox.

Robinson, Tommy Davis and Billy Cannon are former LSU teammates of Fugler in the Hall of Fame.

Robinson is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

Fugler was a member of the Ferriday High football teams in the 1950s that went 54 straight games without a loss, a state record that still stands today.

Fugler was inducted along with Peyton Manning, Les Miles, Roger Cador, Matt Dunigan, Danielle Scott-Arruda, Charles Smith and Teaberry Porter.

A record crowd of 822 attended the event.

"And it was so nice to see some folks from back home," Fugler said. "That really touched me."

Fugler and other inductees had their photo taken in front of their portraits on Thursday afternoon.

An inductee press conference was held Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m..

A welcome reception was held Thursday at 5 p.m. inside the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fugler was part of an 1980s Bowling Bash Friday at Four Seasons Bowling Center in Alexandria.

On Friday, the Hall of Fame Rockin' River Fest was held on the banks of the Cane River with live music and activities for children.

Later Friday, inductees were introduced at 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks.

On Saturday, inductees and past members lined up at 5:45 p.m to begin the induction ceremony.

"I'm glad to be back at work so I can get some rest," Fugler said Monday. "That was an endurance test."




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