2018 Bayou Region Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Rhonda Alfred


HOUMA - The Foundation for Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), along with the TGMC Community Sports Institute has announced the six Bayou Region Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for the induction event. The renowned inductees include the following:

Ron Estay: (CFL) Estay graduated from South Lafourche High School in 1968, where he was an all-state defensive lineman for the Tarpons.  He went on to star at Louisiana State University, earning the ABC-TV Chevrolet Defensive NCAA Player of the Year in 1971 along with being tabbed as an Associated Press All-American.  Estay played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and was a six-time Grey Cup Championship winner with the Edmonton Eskimos. He is presently a CFL Hall of Fame member.

Earl Gros: (NFL) Gros is a 1958 Terrebonne High School graduate and played football at Louisiana State University. At LSU, he received All-SEC recognition and led the team in rushing yards in 1961.  Gros was drafted by the Green Bay Packers as a first round pick in 1962 and played nine years in the NFL.

Harold Haydel: (MLB) Haydel attended St. Francis High School led the Terriers to baseball State Champion in 1959, 1961 and 1962.   Haydel was the first bayou region native to be drafted into the MLB when he was chosen by the Houston Colt 45’s in 1962.  He later pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1970 and 1971.

Tommy Hodson: (NFL)  In 1985, Hodson graduated from Central Lafourche High School after receiving all-state honors as quarterback for the Trojans.  He attended Louisiana State University and holds the LSU career passing record of 9,115 yards and 69 touchdowns along with multiple All-SEC and All-American honors.  Hodson was a third round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 1990 and had over 1,800 passing yards and 7 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Wally Whitehurst: (MLB) After Whitehurst graduated from Terrebonne High School in 1983, he attended the University of New Orleans where he led UNO’s baseball program to the first NCAA World Series appearance in Louisiana Collegiate history.  He was a  3rd round draft pick by the Oakland A’s in 1985 and pitched in the MLB for 7 years with the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees.

Larry Wilson: (NBA) Wilson attended Central Lafourche High School where he earned High School Basketball Dapper Dan All-American honors and was the Louisiana State High School MVP in 1975.  Wilson graduated from Nicholls State University as a two-time Gulf Coast Conference Player of the Year, a three-time Division II Associated Press All-American and he is the NSU career scoring leader with 2,596 points. Wilson was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1980 in the second round.

The Hall of Fame banquet honoring these exceptional athletes is scheduled for Friday, June 29, at 6 pm – 9:30 pm at Cypress Columns in Gray. Each honoree will earn a spot of prominence on the Bayou Region Athletic Wall of Fame located in the TGMC Community Sports Institute. Inductees represent some of the top athletes from Terrebonne, Lafourche or Assumption Parishes who are also dedicated to community involvement. 

Event tickets will go on sale on May 14, 2018 on For more event information, call 985-873-4603 or email Paul Labat at



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