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Jack H. Gibson

The late Jack Holt Gibson was a guy who liked to be around people. And he was the sort of fellow who could make a difficult task seem easy. That's the way his brother, Richard Gibson, remembers the former Garfield High and North Carolina A&T football star. Jack led all scorers in City Series football, earning All-City honors in 1945 and 1946 when he shared the Beacon Journal Player of the Year award with Tom Conti of Akron East High. Gibson also was the fastest schoolboy runner in the city as a senior, setting records in the 100-yard dash and ran the 440-yard run in 47 seconds, a record that last until 1960. A 1947 Garfield graduate who attended the University of Toledo before transferring to North Carolina A&T and earning four letters in football, Jack Gibson was a 5-10, 175-pound three-way terror on a football field. Gibson guided the Aggies, located in Greensboro, NC, to a berth opposite Florida A&M in the 1951 Orange Blossom Football Classic and he still holds the A&T record for most points in a football game with 30 against Shaw in 1949. Gibson earned All- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) honors his senior season, when he led the Aggies in kickoff return yardage, punt return yardage and point-after conversions. He was also the team's second leading rusher and scorer that year. Jack Gibson's entry into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame marks the third such tribute to his athletic prowess. He was a member of Garfield High's inaugural Hall of Fame class, and was in North Carolina A&T's first group of hall of fame honorees in 1978. In the A&T Hall of Fame induction ceremony program, Gibson is remembered as possessing "outstanding quickness; and although most of his notoriety was gained as an offensive player, he was equally respected around the CIAA as a safety and as a kicker." A product of the U.S. Army ROTC program at A&T, Gibson was commissioned a second Lieutenant after his June, 1952 graduation. On the day of his discharge, some two years later, Gibson died in a swimming accident and was buried with military honors at Akron's Glendale Cemetery.

Inducted 2002 | Football, Track & Field