Inducted in 2004
Richard Daniels
Born on May 30, 1933 in Augusta, Maine
South Portland High School, 1953
Wake Forest University, 1957

One of South Portland High School's finest all-round athletes, Dick played four years of football, along with indoor (four years) & outdoor (two years) track and two seasons of baseball for the Red Riots. He led them to championships in three of those sports in the early 1950's.

With talents in track and field that were adaptable to most events, Dick showed extraordinary versatility. He sparked the Riots to two indoor and two outdoor titles. Particularly memorable was his performance as a sophomore in the 195 I state outdoor championship meet. He captured four individual firsts (pole vault, high hurdles, broad jump and low hurdles) and scored 20 of the team's championship total of37 points.

In football, he combined blazing speed with uncanny balance and a unique running style to become one of the most explosive runners in the state. He paced South Portland High to the state championship in his junior year, captained the team his senior year and was named to the All-State team both seasons.

After receiving a football scholarship, Dick went on to Wake Forest in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference, where he was a backfield standout both offensively and defensively for three years. Three years after his graduation, Dick resumed his football career when he joined the very successful and popular Portland Sea Hawks in the Atlantic Coast Football League. For six years, he played wherever needed, as an explosive running back, flanker, kick returner or defensive back. In 1962 he led the ACFL in punt returns (23.3 average) and was among the league leaders in points, pass receptions and touchdowns. For several seasons, he was named to either the league's defensive or offensive All-Star Teams.

For over thirty years, Dick worked in management for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi, retiring in 1998.

Dick and his wife Sheila live in Ocean Springs, MS. They have two children, Nya Daniels Fine and Richard, and four grand children. Their youngest child, Lisa, passed away in 1982.

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