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Accomplished Athletes of Clarksdale

Accomplished Athletes of Clarksdale
By Kara Bachman

Often, inspiring our children to achieve is as simple as exposing them to people who have succeeded. The examples of successful sportsmen can often spur a child on to work hard, work smart, and have a long-term commitment to a task that can be as mental as it is physical.

Clarksdale has its share of sports achievers. The City of Clarksdale honors local athletes who have done big things, both with mentions at the city’s website and with street sign markers honoring these local athletes.

We’d like to pass this information on to readers of P&K so you might share it with your own budding athlete, and maybe even seek out the signs when taking a walk in Clarksdale. Just hearing about these go-getters might encourage your child to start out the 2018-2019 school year by taking up a new sport and following in the footsteps of homegrown achievers.

Earl Barron

Sign location: 200 block of Issaquena Avenue

A Clarksdale High School graduate, professional basketball player Earl Barron has had an impressive career in sports. He was first a center at the University of Memphis, and has played for the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, and last but not least, the Miami Heat, where he was on the NBA championship team in 2006.

Tony Bennett

Sign location: 200 block of Issaquena Avenue

Born just outside Clarksdale, NFL pro linebacker and defensive end Tony Bennett played at University of Mississippi before becoming a 1990 first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. He played for four years with Green Bay, then spent four more with the Indianapolis Colts.

Charlie Conerly

Sign location: E. 2nd Street (near site of Conerly’s former Clarksdale shoe store)

Charlie was quarterback of the New York Giants between 1948 and 1961 and was named the NFL’s most valuable player in 1959. He led the Giants to three NFL championship games. He’s also known for a notable football and baseball career at University of Mississippi. After retirement from football, he opened up shoe stores throughout the Delta region.

Terrence Metcalf

Sign location: Corner of Issaquena Avenue and E. 3rd Street

A Clarksdale native, Terrence was an All-American at University of Mississippi and then played with the Chicago Bears for seven years, including when he played in the 2007 Super Bowl.

Anthony Steen

Sign location: 200 block of Issaquena Avenue

An NFL pro, Anthony played ball at Lee Academy in Clarksdale before becoming a starting guard for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After college, he played with the Arizona Cardinals and then became a starting left guard for the Miami Dolphins.

 

Additional Homegrown Athletes:

Chase Bailey

Sign location: Corner of E. 3rd Street and Issaquena Avenue

Mario Haggan

Sign location: Corner of Issaquena Avenue and E. 3rd Street

Dayeveon Hill

Sign location: Corner of E. 3rd Street and Issaquena Avenue

Trumaine McBride

Sign location: Corner of Issaquena Avenue and E. 3rd Street

Darren “Dapoo” Williams

Sign location: E. 3rd Street

Destry Wright

Sign location: E. 3rd Street

 

 

About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a married mom to two children. She's the author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships, and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Nola.com, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness, and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina.

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