Local angler inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Chet Douthit was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame last month.

Chet Douthit was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame last month.

Professional angler, fishing guide and former NFL player Chet Douthit added one more title to his list of accomplishments earlier this month when his former college football team was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Douthit has lived in Clewiston for more than 30 years. He grew up in Kansas before moving to Missouri his sophomore year of college where he crossed the state line to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Douthit was a flanker back for two years at Arkansas State 45 years ago before being drafted to the Miami Dolphins following his senior year. Douthit played only part of one season with the Dolphins before an ankle injury put a stop to his career.

Douthit was the only player drafted to the NFL from his team his senior year and still holds three or four records at the university which has grown from about 4,000 students to more than 13,000 since the 1970s.

Douthit’s team, the 1970 Indians, was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 18 and is one of three teams to be inducted in its entirety in the hall of fame’s history.

More than 30 former players from the 1970 team joined Douthit in Jonesboro, Ark. for a Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 18. Douthit said despite the few reunions his team has had over the years, this one was especially great.

“It was a special occasion. I saw a couple close friends I haven’t seen in 45 years,” said Douthit.

Douthit offered the following advice for aspiring Tigers looking to take football to the next level.

“It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a lot of sacrifice. But you don’t know how far you can go until you try. I was the littlest guy on the team, but heart can carry you a long way if you want to do it,” said Douthit.

He also said his team played scared that entire season in 1970, fearing a loss and letting the adrenaline take them to win.

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