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Famous sprinter Leroy Burrell (left) shakes hands with former Texas Longhorn and NFL star Derrick Johnson (right) during a press conference before he is inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.



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Teresa Weatherspoon (left) and Sophia Young-Malcolm (right) review some of their best moments playing basketball. Both were part of the 2020/2021 Texas Sports Hall of Fame class.



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Former Dallas Cowboys star DeMarcus Ware, the team’s all-time Sacks leader, signs autographs before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.



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Former Dallas Cowboy star Charlie Waters (right) looks at the exhibition booths before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.



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Derrick Johnson of former Waco High, Texas Longhorn and Kansas City Chief looks on as he signs prints before inducting into the 2021 Texas Sports Hall of Fame class.



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Wacos Derrick Johnson, right, gets a handshake from DeMarcus Ware, left, ahead of their news conference at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.



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Teresa Weatherspoon (left) and Sophia Young-Malcolm (right) review some of their best moments in professional basketball. Both were part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 2021 class.



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Long-distance runner Francie Larrieu-Smith talks about her five Olympic teams she competed on during a press conference before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.



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Former Texas A&M and NFL punter Shane Lechler answers a question during a press conference before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 2021 class.



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One of the fastest living men in his prime, Leroy Burrell answers a question during a press conference before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Class 2021.



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Teresa Weatherspoon (left) and Sophia Young-Malcolm (right) review some of their best moments playing basketball. Both were part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 2021 class.



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Michelle Carter (left) and Shane Lechler (right) both laugh during a press conference before being inducted into the 2021 Texas Sports Hall of Fame class.



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Former Dallas Cowboys legend Charlie Waters (right) talks about his professional days when he sat down with former NCAA and WNBA star Sophia Young-Malcolm before being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.



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Derrick Johnson (left) of former Texas Longhorn and Kansas City Chief tells a story about DeMarcs Ware (right), who played for the Dallas Cowboys and made nine Pro Bowl appearances. Both were inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 2021 class.

Sometimes you don’t find what you were born for, but it does find you.

That turned out to be a recurring theme for the nine new members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. They sang a chorus about how obvious chance, adversity, or chance led them to their intended athletic activities, then picked them up and carried them to places they’d never thought of, including the Hall of Fame.

Take Sophia Young-Malcolm, for example. Basketball wasn’t a big deal in the West Indies where she grew up. The real passion there was a sport called netball, which only contained elements of basketball with no dribbling or backboarding. So when Young-Malcolm first picked up a basketball at the age of 15, it wasn’t entirely strange.

“I think you could say I was pretty good at that game (netball),” said Young-Malcolm, who later became a basketball All-American in Baylor and a WNBA All-Star in San Antonio. “So the transition from playing basketball, the only thing I had to learn was dribbling. And actually, using a backboard to shoot a layup. It took a while. But catching and running and footwork were pretty much the same. “

In addition to Young-Malcolm, other new additions on Saturday included Waco product and Kansas City Chiefs career tackle leader Derrick Johnson, Olympic gold medalist in shot putter Michelle Carter, former Dallas cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Charlie Waters, career leader of the NFL in yards-per-point Shane Lechler, five-time Olympic team runner Francie Larrieu-Smith, two-time Olympian and WNBA pioneer Teresa Weatherspoon and former 100-meter world record sprinter Leroy Burrell. They included both the 2021 and 2020 Hall of Fame classes as last year’s group could not be anchored due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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