Just two days short of the 20th anniversary of the Marlins winning the 1997 World Series, Cliff Floyd stood on stage, humbled and thanked everyone who helped him reach the pinnacle of his career. Floyd, a former Marlins outfielder, who helped the team win their first World Championship was one of six new inductees into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.
He was joined by former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, and four coaches — Darryl Burrows, Sally Hansell, Glenn Kaye and Kenneth Key — who made their mark in the county working with high school athletes.
“This ranks right at the top ... this ranks up there with winning the World Series,” said Floyd, who is a host on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio as well as SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio. “It’s been 20 years since we won the World Series and the World Series starts tonight. It is just another wow factor.”
Since retiring, Floyd has focused on broadcasting and philanthropy. The Cliff Floyd Foundation serves underprivileged children in South Florida.
“To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is pretty cool,” Floyd said. “When you get the call, you just sort of sit back and reflect not only on your career, but how this whole journey in your life has been. Tonight I was able to thank the people that helped me between and outside the white lines along the way. All those memories you had when you played, they stay with you your whole life. You never forget.”
Taylor, the former Dolphins defensive end who is an assistant football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and coaches a youth league football team for the Davie/Cooper City Colts, said the one regret he had from his career was he didn’t enjoy the process.
Taylor, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and six-time Pro Bowl selection who amassed 139.5 sacks ranking seventh all-time established the Jason Taylor Foundation in 2004, which is dedicated to build a better future for the children of South Florida.
“Any time you get honored for what you did playing the game of football is amazing,” Taylor said. “There are so many people that are worthy of it. The amount of athletes that come out of this area and do the things that they do is humbling.”
Taylor said the journey was worth it. He said the message he tells the players he coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas and the youth football players is simple.
“I tell them, I am not going to promise you that it is going to be easy, because it won’t be, but it will certainly be worth it,” Taylor said. “That is what I have learned in my 20 to 25 years of playing this game.
“There were a lot of really good times and some bad times too and I think the bad times made the good times better and the good times make the bad times better because they work hand in hand. … The one regret I have is I didn’t enjoy the process. Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to live.”
Burrows, the boys’ basketball coach at Dillard, won his state record-tying seventh state title last season, the most of any Broward school. His current overall record is 565 wins and 145 losses. He has won 12 district titles, 10 regional titles, and seven state championships. Burrows is only one of two male coaches from Florida to ever coach the McDonald’s All American Game where he was head coach of the East Squad.
He is the sixth Dillard High School representative to be inducted into the Hall of Fame joining his former mentor, Richard “Butch” Ingram, famed Dillard girls’ basketball coach Marcia Pinder, Herman Pittman, and football coach Otis Gray Jr., and former guard Keyon Dooling.
“It is extremely humbling,” said Burrows, who previously introduced Dooling (2016) and Ingram (2001) for their inductions. “You don’t really think about going into a Hall of Fame when you are coaching. That is not part of your psyche. You are always just trying to do the very best you can do for your kids.”
“The rewards that come in the end are great, but they only come from others like your coaching staff, the administration and your kids,” said Burrows, who has coached at Dillard since 1984. “It may not been lucrative [financially] over the years, but I made millions in gratitude from the kids and the families and everyone else along the way and that made it all worth it.”
Hansell, Broward County’s dean of diving coaches, has more than 40 years of club coaching for the Seahawks Diving Team and heads up the diving program at University School. Hansell began her coaching career when she was severely injured while training for diving on a trampoline and was unable to complete.
Hansell, the lone woman to enter the Hall this year, currently heads up the diving program has coached more than 100 diving/swimming athletes to 10-top spots at the FHSAA State Championships.
“It was quite a shock,” Hansell said. “I was taken aback. To be the only woman going in was even more surprising. I have been here since 1980 and I just enjoy doing what I do. I am overwhelmed. Diving isn’t like football, basketball, soccer and some of the other sports with large numbers, so I am quite humbled to stand next to the likes of Jason Taylor and the rest of the people that were on stage tonight. I am truly wowed.”
Kaye, who initially didn’t like swimming or know anything about the sport until he landed a job at Olsen Middle School, went on to coach seven state title swim teams and was named the National Swimming Coach of the Year in 1985 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Kaye also served as Coach for the Trojan Swimming Club of Dublin, Ireland in 1994-1995, where 15 of his athletes became Irish National Swimming Champions and competed successfully internationally.
“I went to the library, looked up swimming and got a few books,” chuckled Kaye, who coached swimming for half a century before retiring two years ago. “I feel blessed. This is incredible really. I was there when Andy Coan took his first stroke. … I never mentioned times to the swimmers. I just mentioned hard work.”
Key is a multi-state-title-winning coach, whose boys’ cross country team and track team last year won state titles in the same season for the first time in school history. Key will celebrate his 70th birthday in December.
“It is rather humbling and a great honor,” Key said. “I am just a teacher and a coach. I don’t know if I am in the same league as the guy [Burrows] who won more games in Broward County history. It’s my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one. It kind of fulfills a life’s ambition of honoring God and bringing him the glory.”
The Spirit of Sport Award recognition went to Hector Picard, a double amputee, who has competed in 115 triathlons and four Ironmans.
Now in its 20th consecutive year, the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame honors and recognizes coaches, athletes and pioneers who are, or have been, Broward County residents. This year’s class was nominated by Broward County residents and chosen by 12 members of the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
There are a total of 130 inductees in the Hall of Fame including Dan Marino, Chris Evert, Howard Davis Jr., Brian Piccolo, George Smith, Michael Irvin, H. Wayne Huizenga, Dara Torres, Sanya Richards-Ross, Timothy J. Robbie, and Patti Rizzo among others.
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