Ray Hamilton was a three-year letterman in football (1935-37) and also lettered in basketball (1936-38). He was a member of the All-Decade Team for the 1930s and had 48 career catches for 585 yards and six touchdowns. In 1937, Hamilton made 29 receptions. Following his collegiate career, he went on to play in the NFL for Cleveland, Detroit and Los Angeles.
Harold E. “Sonney” Henson, Jr.
Harold E. “Sonney” Henson was a three-year letterman for the Hogs (1945, 1947-48) and scored four touchdowns on interceptions during his time with the Razorbacks. Following his football career, Henson served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame for 30 years and was president from 1984-1986. He is currently serving as chairman on the Board of Directors of the UA Hall of Honor and was the past president of the Arkansas Letterman’s Club and the Arkansas Bankers Association. Henson was also the mayor of Little Rock in 1965-66.
Deane Pappas lettered in golf from 1989-92 and was a two-time All-American. He earned All-America honors in 1990 and 1992, All-Southwest Conference honors in 1991 and All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors in 1992. His best finish was at the 1992 NCAA Tournament when he finished in a tie for 10th with a score of 285 after shooting rounds of 74, 71, 69 and 71. Pappas won individual championships at three tournaments in 1992 and had 22 top 10 finishes during his career. He had a 71.6 stroke average for his career.
For 24 years, Rick Schaeffer served in UA’s sports information office, including 21 as director. Schaeffer graduated from Oklahoma State in 1973, joined the Razorback staff in July of 1976 and was named director in 1979. Schaeffer was better known by fans as the color analyst for Razorback football and basketball radio broadcasts, beginning his first year at Arkansas and continuing through 2000. During his tenure at UA, Schaeffer worked 16 bowl games, 21 NCAA basketball tournaments, including Arkansas’ 1994 national championship, and the 1979 NCAA College World Series. He contributed significantly to the development of the Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions and the Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions, both interactive museums of Razorback athletics. Schaeffer resigned in July of 2000 to accept the position as the Northwest Arkansas Regional Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He currently hosts the Thursday night television program “Sportsline Live” with Grant Hall and works with “Drivetime Sports.”
Amber Nicholas Shirey
The 1990 Southwest Conference Tournament MVP, Amber Nicholas Shirey lettered from 1989-92 and was a two-time All-SWC selection. The career leader in assists at Arkansas prior to the 2002 season, no point guard has matched her team’s run of back-to-back conference titles and three consecutive NCAA appearances. The only 1,000 point-500 assist Lady’Back, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, was NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Arkansas and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Becoming an assistant coach in 1993, she was an assistant for the 1998 NCAA Final Four team.
Ronnie Underwood was a wingback who lettered for the Razorbacks from 1954-56. He rushed 106 times for 432 yards and five touchdowns. In 1956, Underwood was Arkansas’ leading receiver and the third-leading rusher with 268 yards on the ground, seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown in 1955 against LSU. He went on to play for Chicago in the NFL and has had a long, illustrious career as a college football official since his playing career ended.