Two local inductees in Newberry HOF

ESCANABA – Two men with Delta County athletic connections are among the charter members of the Newberry Sports Hall of Fame.

Tom Watson of Gladstone and Burt Gustafson of Amasa were among the 10 inductees Sept. 7 at the Newberry American Legion Club.

Watson is a former Gladstone High School football coach and long-time high school and college basketball referee. He played football at Northern Michigan University after graduating from Newberry High School and also had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers.

Gustafson is a former assistant football coach with the Packers and a former Escanaba High School basketball coach. He was the first person to earn 12 athletic letters at NMU and is also a member of NMU’s Sports Hall of Fame and the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame.

Seven other Newberry inductees are also members of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. They are former American Football League lineman Len St. Jean, former Central Michigan University quarterback Jeff Bender, former Detroit Lions tight end Rob Rubick, former Little All-America football player Tom Taylor, former Grand Valley State basketball coach Tom Villemure, Morley Fraser, the winningest football coach in Albion College history and former West Point Academy football standout John Ludlow.

Also selected to the Newberry hall is former basketball standout Kris Nance.