By Jeffrey Swindoll
Baylor will honor the university’s 55th Athletic Hall of Fame class during Homecoming weekend activities after the six former-student athletes were announced on Thursday. The class consists of Yulanda Nelson, Adrian Robinson, Richard Stevens, Jon Topolski, Ted Uhlaender and Jeremy Wariner.
Nelson (1996-99) and Wariner (2003-04) ran in track & field. Nelson is a nine-time all-American winning various conference and national titles for the Bears. Wariner, among many accomplished, competed and won gold for Team USA at the Olympics in 2004 and silver at the Olympics in 2008.
Topolski and Uhlaender both played baseball for the Bears. After a successful three-year starting career for the Bears in the Southwest Conference, Uhlaender was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, and spent eight seasons at the major league level. Topolski, who still holds Baylor career records for hits, runs and home runs, was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1999.
Robinson and Stevens both played football for the Bears. Robinson, an all-American defensive back helped the Bears earn a share of the Southwestern Conference title in 1994, was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1996 NFL Draft. Stevens, who was selected to Baylor’s 1960-69 decade team, played five seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2014 Hall of Fame banquet will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Ferrell Center. The members will also be recognized during the Homecoming football game against Kansas on Nov. 1 at McLane Stadium.