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Published 12:00 am Friday, May 18, 2012

Ware to be inducted in NWCC Hall of Fame

By LaJuan Tallo

Northwest Mississippi Community College Linebacker Cassius Ware is one of six former Rangers who will be inducted into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame on May 24.

Ware, of Batesville, played at Northwest under head coach Bobby Franklin during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. During Ware’s time at Northwest, the Rangers were MACJC North Champions (1990) and were state and regional champions and national runners-up in 1991.

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Ware holds the record at Northwest for the most tackles in a single game with 24 against Southwest. His single season record includes eighth in total tackles (130); second in assisted tackles (70); sixth in interceptions (8) and fourth in forced fumbles (7). His Northwest career records include fifth in total tackles (200); third in solo tackles (130); eighth in interceptions (10-tied with Tervas Sanford) and fifth in forced fumbles (7).

After Northwest, Ware was a standout player for the Ole Miss Rebels, lettering in 1992 and 1993. His most noteworthy play was a 91-yard fumble return against Auburn in the 1992 game. Ware tried out for the Indianapolis Colts and played in the Canadian Football League’s Vancouver Lions before playing one season with the Memphis Pharoahs before retiring from football. Since that time, Ware has been a personal trainer and coached at The University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He is returning to Ole Miss on the coaching staff as a trainer, and is currently working on completing his degree.

The keynote speaker for this year’s banquet is Jackie Sherrill, former head football coach at Mississippi State University. The banquet, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the David M. Haraway Center on the Senatobia Campus.

Reserved tickets are $20 each. Seating is limited, so early reservations are encouraged. Payment may be made in advance in the Northwest Foundation office, and credit cards are accepted.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dolores Wooten, director of Alumni Affairs and Development Operations at 560-1105 or e-mail dbwooten@northwestms.edu.