On Sunday, November 3, Gary Pinkel was named a Missouri Sports Legend, the highest honor able to be received from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Pinkel is the winningest coach in Missouri football history, and retired in 2015 with a 118-73 record.
In an article from the News Tribune, Coach Pinkel said he’s a Missourian at heart.
“It’s very humbling, it’s such an honor,” Pinkel said. “The coaching profession is about getting people together, working together, whether it’s coaches, players, etc. There are a lot of reasons why I’m standing here, and it’s basically because I’ve been blessed to have good people around me my whole life.”
At the ceremony, a bronze bust of Coach Pinkel was presented and will be showcased at the Hall of Fame’s Legends Walkway in Springfield.